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Shanghai Jiao Tong university rankings are announced


The top ten universities in the world have remained unchanged in the 2012 Shanghai Jiao Tong rankings, but more radical changes take place in the top 500. According to the recently published 10th edition of the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) for 2012, Harvard University remains as the best university in the world.

The league table, compiled by the Chinese Shanghai Jiao Tong university and officially known as the ARWU ranks the top ten based on metrics such as number of Nobel Prizes and other merits won by alumni, articles published in journals and per capita performance.

Here we have the top ten:

World Rank Institution Country
1 Harvard University US
2 Stanford University US
3 Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) US
4 University of California, Berkeley US
5 University of Cambridge UK
6 California Institute of Technology US
7 Princeton University US
8 Columbia University US
9 University of Chicago US
10 University of Oxford UK

Source: ARWU rankings

Australia has increased the number of Top 100 universities this year, overtaking Germany and Japan’s tally. The University of Western Australia’s first appearance in Top 100 (96th) increases the number of Top 100 universities in Australia to 5, which is the 3rd highest number across all countries. University of Melbourne (57) and University of Sydney (93) are also included.

The UK has seen a slight drop in its position at the top end of the table with two institutions in the top 20 and nine in the top 100. University College London has dropped one place to 21st, while the University of Sheffield has dropped out of the top 100.

The UK universities in the top 100 are the University of Cambridge (5), the University of Oxford (10), University College London (21), Imperial College London (24), the University of Manchester (40), the University of Edinburgh (51), King’s College London (68), the University of Bristol (70) and the University of Nottingham (86).

Starting from 2003, ARWU has been presenting the world top 500 universities annually based on a set of objective indicators and third-party data. ARWU has been recognized as one of the most trustworthy ranking.

ARWU uses six objective indicators to rank world universities, including the number of alumni and staff winning Nobel Prizes and Fields Medals, number of Highly Cited Researchers, number of articles published in journals of Nature and Science, number of articles indexed in Science Citation Index - Expanded and Social Sciences Citation Index, and per capita performance.


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