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Shanghai Jiao Tong rankings 2015: USA dominates, China grows

The ARWU Rankings 2015 show that USA is still on top, meanwhile China is steadily growing


US universities are once again dominating the latest Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) produced by the Center for World-Class Universities at Shanghai Jiao Tong University, and at the lower end of the table, Chinese institutions are slowly climbing.


So what is happening in China?
Despite having the same number of universities in the top 500 (44, second only to the USA), almost all Chinese universities have improved their position. Tsinghua University and Peking University are now extremely close to breaking into the top 100. Japan still retains the only two institutions in the top 50: The University of Tokyo (21st) and Kyoto University (26th), but its performance is not as impressive as China’s.

Funding and ambition. Elsewhere, China is also making noise in the Times Higher Asia Rankings 2015. Speaking to THE, Alessia Lefebure, co-editor of Asia: The Next Higher Education Superpower? said: “The Chinese have implemented heavy funding and aggressive policies because they want to compete at the global level and are very ambitious.”


Country focus


  • Eight of the top 10
  • 16 of the top 20

Institution to watch: Harvard University, USA
Why? It’s number one for an impressive 13th year in a row.


  • One of the top 10
  • Three of the top 20

Institution to watch: University of Warwick, UK
Why? It appears for the first time in the top 100 at 92nd place.

Institution to watch: The University of Melbourne, Australia (joint 44th)
Why? It tops universities in Oceania.

Institutions to watch: the University of Toronto (25th) and the University of British Columbia (40th)
Why? They are the only two Canadian universities in the top 50.


  • None in the top 100
  • Five in the top 200
  • 44 in the top 500 (second only to the USA)


How are the regions performing?

The Americas
16 of the top 20
55 of the top 100
176 of the top 500

Four in the top 20
35 in the top 100
205 in the top 500

Asia Pacific
None in the top 20
10 in the top 100
 114 in the top 500

None in the top 100
Five in the top 500


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Katie Duncan is Editor of Hotcourses Abroad and is an NCTJ-qualified journalist and University of Exeter graduate. Having worked at an English language school in the UK, as an educational consultant in Spain and as a reporter in the international education sector, she is well placed to guide you through your study abroad journey. Katie grew up in Australia, which perhaps explains her unusual reptile collection, comprising of a bearded dragon (Bill) and tortoise (Matilda).