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The 25 best universities in the world: 2015 list

The 25 best universities in the world: 2015 list

Unsurprisingly, Harvard University was ranked the world’s No. 1 institution, followed by Stanford University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology, by the Jeddah-based think tank (The Center for World University Rankings; CWUR), which publishes global university rankings.

Harvard University placed by category: publications, 1st; citations, 1st; influence, 1st; broad impact, 1st; patents, 3rd; alumni employment, 1st; quality of education, 1st; and quality of faculty, 1st, according to the 2015 list.

University of Cambridge secured 4th place, University of Oxford came in at No. 5 and Columbia University clinched 6th spot. Rounding off the top 10 list, University of California, Berkeley came in at No. 7, University of Chicago came in at 8, Princeton University secured 9th place, while Cornell University was ranked 10.

Of the 1,000 universities on the list, the U.S. was most heavily represented with 229 schools. China came next (83), followed by Japan (74), the United Kingdom (65), Germany (55) and France (49).

In compiling its list, the Center for World University Rankings grades each university across eight criteria: Quality of education, alumni employment, quality of faculty, the number of research papers tied to a given university, the influence of those papers, its “broad impact”, and the number of international patent filings associated with each university.

The following 25 best universities in the world: 2015 list:

World

Rank

 Institution  Country/Region  National

Rank

 Quality of

Education

 Alumni

Employment

 Quality of

Faculty

 Publications  Influence  Citations  Broad

Impact

 Patents  Score
1 Harvard University USA 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 3 100
2 Stanford University USA 2 9 2 4 5 3 3 4 10 98.66
3 Massachusetts Institute of Technology USA 3 3 11 2 15 2 2 2 1 97.54
4 University of Cambridge United Kingdom 1 2 10 5 11 6 12 13 48 96.81
5 University of Oxford United Kingdom 2 7 13 10 7 12 7 9 15 96.46
6 Columbia University USA 4 13 6 9 13 13 11 12 4 96.14
7 University of California, Berkeley USA 5 5 21 6 10 4 4 7 29 92.25
8 University of Chicago USA 6 11 14 8 17 16 12 22 141 90.70
9 Princeton University USA 7 4 15 3 72 25 24 33 225 89.42
10 Cornell University USA 8 12 18 14 24 15 25 22 11 86.79
11 Yale University USA 9 10 26 11 18 8 35 20 49 86.61
12 California Institute of Technology USA 10 6 328 7 53 9 19 25 13 84.40
13 University of Tokyo Japan 1 16 3 38 14 19 31 29 7 78.23
14 University of Pennsylvania USA 11 20 4 28 8 18 14 9 14 77.60
15 University of California, Los Angeles USA 12 28 27 13 6 14 8 6 9 76.91
16 Johns Hopkins University USA 13 18 84 16 4 11 5 3 2 71.60
17 Kyoto University Japan 2 22 16 24 30 42 88 60 16 68.60
18 New York University USA 14 32 22 18 47 29 46 32 43 68.39
19 University of Michigan, Ann Arbor USA 15 24 17 140 3 20 6 14 12 68.36
20 Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich Switzerland 1 17 64 17 44 27 39 79 57 66.93
21 University of California, San Diego USA 16 36 567+ 19 16 5 15 15 17 66.59
22 Northwestern University USA 17 163 12 104 27 34 27 26 42 66.56
23 Hebrew University of Jerusalem Israel 1 15 164 15 120 97 368 143 35 65.71
24 Seoul National University South Korea 1 367+ 9 218+ 36 163 146 112 6 64.82
25 University of Wisconsin–Madison USA 18 29 29 34 21 24 22 27 27 64.51
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  • Jacobson Varieto

    bias list. The University of Timbuktu is the best in the world.

  • Mark Taranto

    Harvard is a great school. But I’m a little surprised that Oxford or Cambridge aren’t at the top. Having gone to Berkeley and having taught at MIT and UPenn, I’m happy to see them on the list. Personally, I’d put Duke and some of the missing Ivies above John’s Hopkins, but it is a good school. I’d put them over Wisconsin as well.

  • RH

    Hebrew U is on the list and the Weizmann Institute isn’t?

  • ERC

    Cornell University????????????????????????????????????????????????????

    • Chuck

      looks like someone went to brown. at best.

  • Dick Radcliffe

    Berkeley…really?

  • NN

    Where are Michigan State U and Michigan Tech U? 🙂

  • ap

    Where’s the University of Southern California? Clearly it should be ranked higher than Wisconsin!

  • Paul

    Just wondering why Notre Dame was not considered???????

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