US News has announced the latest edition of the Best Global Universities. As expected, the first five places are held by Harvard, MIT, Stanford, Berkeley and Oxford. However, the rankings also show that East Asian and Middle Eastern universities are making advances in key disciplines such as Artificial Intelligence, Engineering, and Computer Science.
These are research-based rankings with 13 indicators: Global research reputation, Regional research reputation, Publications, Books, Conferences, Normalized citation impact, Total citations, Number of publications among 10% most cited, Percentage of total publications among 10% most cited, International collaboration relative to country, and International collaboration, Number of highly cited papers among top 1% most cited, Percentage of total publications among the top1% most highly cited papers.
The leading university for Artificial Intelligence is Tsinghua University, China, followed by Nanyang University, Singapore, and the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Tsinghua also holds the lead for Computer Science, with Stanford and MIT in second place.
Another takeaway from the rankings is that a few Middle Eastern universities are making rapid progress in some STEM fields. King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Saudi Arabia, is now in the top fifty for eight disciplines including Chemistry, Energy and Fuels, and Materials Science. The University of Tehran, Iran, has reached the top fifty for Agricultural Sciences, Civil Engineering, Energy and Fuels, Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Polymer Science and Water Resources.