This year’s URAP ranking is headed by Harvard followed by the University of Toronto and University College London. Sorbonne University, formed in 2018 through a merger of Paris-Sorbonne University and Pierre et Marie Curie University, is now in 10th place, a significant improvement since last year when it was 17th. Another university that is rising rapidly is Tsinghua University in 12th place: last year it was 18th and in 2014-15 58th. Three other Chinese universities, Shanghai Jiao Tong, Peking and Zhejiang are now in the top twenty.
The ranking provides further evidence that the balance of power in higher education is shifting from the Anglosphere to China. The top 100 includes 34 US and 6 British universities compared to 35 and 8 last year. The number of Chinese universities has risen from 9 to 12.
University Ranking by Academic Performance is a research ranking published by the Informatics Institute of the Middle East Technical University in Ankara. The ranking methodology covers publications, citations, and international collaboration and includes 2500 institutions.
There are six indicators all based on data derived from InCites: Articles (weighting 21%), Citations (21%), Total Documents, comprising all scholarly output (10%), Article Impact Total (10%), Citation Impact Total (15%), and International Collaboration (15%).
The time period for all indicators is 2013-17 for all indicators except for Articles, which is 2017. Articles with more than 1000 authors and in the fourth quarter ranked by Journal Impact Factor are excluded.