The latest edition of University Ranking by Academic Performance (URAP) show that French and Chinese universities continue to improve dramatically.
These rankings have been published by the Informatics Institute at Middle East Technical University in Ankara. They are research-based with six indicators that measure research quality, quantity, impact, and productivity and international scientific collaboration: Article (weighting 21%), Citation (21%), Total Document (10%), Article Impact Total (18%), Citation Impact (15%), International Collaboration (15%).
In 2013-14 the top ten consisted entirely of British and North American universities, although the University of Tokyo was just outside in eleventh place. Now, there are three US universities led by Harvard in first place, three Chinese, two British, one Canadian and one French.
The current edition shows the Université de Paris in 4th place, Université Paris Saclay in 19th, and Université Sorbonne in 23rd.
The progress of the leading Chinese universities has been quite remarkable. In 2013 Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Tsinghua University, and Peking University were 68th, 64th, and 51st respectively; now they are 8th, 9th, and 17th.
Another remarkable revelation is the steady decline of the University of California system: Berkeley from 5th in 2013 to 41st, UCLA from 9th to 16th, San Diego from 12th to 28th, Irvine from 83rd to 139th.