The latest edition of Best Global Universities has just been published by US News. This is a research-based ranking that uses data derived from InCites and Web of Science.
There are 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 publications among 10% most cited, International collaboration relative to country, International collaboration, Number of highly cited papers that are among the top 1% most cited, and Percentage of total publications that are among the top 1% most highly cited papers.
There are now over 1700 universities in the overall rankings with the largest number, 271, coming from the USA, followed by China, Japan, UK and Germany.
The USA continues to dominate the upper levels of the rankings with Harvard, MIT, Stanford and Berkeley taking the first four places. The best non- American university is Oxford in fifth place.
These rankings highlight the huge contrast between research in East and South Asia. The best performing Indian institution is the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research Mumbai in 408th place and there are no Bangladeshi universities in the top 1000. In contrast, there over 30 Chinese universities in the top 400. The performance of Tsinghua University is especially impressive. It is ranked first in the world for Chemical Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Energy and Fuels, Engineering, and second for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology and Physical Chemistry.