RANKED: The 100 Best Universities In The World; CWUR Rankings 2017

It’s no surprise that Harvard University has been ranked as the top university in the world for the sixth year in a row, according to the 2017 list ranking by the Center for World University Rankings (CWUR), followed by Stanford and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

The University of Cambridge in the U.K. placed 4th and the University of Oxford followed in 5th place on the list of the top 1,000 universities in the world.

The 2017 rankings placed Columbia University in 6th ahead of University of California (Berkeley) into 7th; while University of Chicago ranked 8th, and Princeton University 9th.

Overall, among the top 15 universities, the 10th, 11th, 12th, 14th, and 15th positions are held by the Yale, California Institute of Technology, Cornell, the University of Tokyo, University of Pennsylvania, and the University of California (Los Angeles)

There has been no change in the ranking of the top 15 universities, with only 2 new universities entering into the top 20 – Northwestern University (17th, up from 21st) and New York University (19th, up from 22nd).

Johns Hopkins University came in 16th place, followed by Northwestern University (17th), University of California, San Diego (18th), and New York University, ranked 19th. Out of 100 top universities in the world, University of California (San Francisco) ranked No. 20th.

These are the top 100 universities in the world:

1Harvard UniversityUS
2Stanford UniversityUS
3Massachusetts Institute of TechnologyUS
4University of CambridgeUK
5University of OxfordUK
6Columbia UniversityUS
7University of California, BerkeleyUS
8University of ChicagoUS
9Princeton UniversityUS
10Yale UniversityUS
11California Institute of TechnologyUS
12Cornell UniversityUS
13University of TokyoJapan
14University of PennsylvaniaUS
15University of California, Los AngelesUS
16Johns Hopkins UniversityUS
17Northwestern UniversityUS
18University of California, San DiegoUS
19New York UniversityUS
20University of California, San FranciscoUS
21Kyoto UniversityJapan
22University of MichiganUS
23Seoul National UniversitySouth Korea
24Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in ZurichSwitzerland
25University of WashingtonUS
26University of WashingtonUS
27Hebrew University of JerusalemIsrael
28University of TorontoCanada
29Duke UniversityUS
30University of Texas at AustinUS
31University College LondonUK
32Keio UniversityJapan
33Rockefeller UniversityUS
34Imperial College LondonUK
35Ecole PolytechniqueFrance
36University of Illinois at Urbana–ChampaignUS
37Waseda UniversityJapan
38University of North Carolina at Chapel HillUS
39Weizmann Institute of ScienceIsrael
40University of VirginiaUS
41McGill UniversityCanada
42École normale supérieure - ENS ParisFrance
43University of PittsburghUS
44University of EdinburghUK
45University of Southern CaliforniaUS
46University of MinnesotaUS
47Dartmouth CollegeUS
48Ohio State UniversityUS
49Rutgers UniversityUS
50Osaka UniversityJapan
51University of California, DavisUS
52National Taiwan UniversityTaiwan
53Washington University in St. LouisUS
54Peking UniversityChina
55University of British ColumbiaCanada
56Pierre-and-Marie-Curie UniversityFrance
57Boston UniversityUS
58Pennsylvania State UniversityUS
59University of FloridaUS
60University of CopenhagenDenmark
61National University of SingaporeSingapore
62University of ManchesterUK
63Vanderbilt UniversityUS
64Purdue UniversityUS
65Tsinghua UniversityChina
66University of California, Santa BarbaraUS
67Carnegie Mellon UniversityUS
68University of UtahUS
69University of Colorado BoulderUS
70University of Paris-SudFrance
71Ludwig Maximilian University of MunichGermany
72Karolinska InstituteSweden
73University of RochesterUS
74University of SydneyAustralia
75University of ArizonaUS
76University of Texas Southwestern Medical CenterUS
77Katholieke Universiteit LeuvenBelgium
78King's College LondonUK
79Emory UniversityUS
80University of Maryland, College ParkUS
81Brown UniversityUS
82University of MelbourneAustralia
83Utrecht UniversityNetherlands
84Sapienza University of RomeItaly
85Erasmus University RotterdamNetherlands
86Ruprecht Karl University of HeidelbergGermany
87Tel Aviv UniversityIsrael
88Tohoku UniversityJapan
89Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in LausanneSwitzerland
90University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer CenterUS
91University of ZurichSwitzerland
92University of GenevaSwitzerland
93University of Notre DameUS
94University of QueenslandAustralia
95Georgia Institute of TechnologyUS
96University of California, IrvineUS
97Lomonosov Moscow State UniversityRussia
98Tufts UniversityUS
99University of OsloNorway
100Ghent UniversityBelgium

US universities dominate global rankings, claiming the top 3 spots and eight of the top ten.

The US dominated the rankings with 54 institutions in the top 100, followed by U.K. 7 institutions, and Japan 6 universities.

Australia, Canada, and Israel had 3 universities each.
Belgium, China, Germany, Netherlands had 2 universities each.
Denmark, Italy, Norway, Russia, Singapore, South Korea, Sweden, Taiwan each had one university.

Dr. Amarendra Bhushan Dhiraj

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Dr. Amarendra Bhushan Dhiraj is the CEO and editorial director at CEOWORLD magazine, the leading global business magazine written strictly for CEOs, CFOs, top managers, company directors, investors, senior executives, business leaders, high net worth individuals, and the most globally powerful men and women.
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