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Revealed: Best Universities In The World For 2020

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has been ranked No. 1 in the world in the Top 500 Global Universities, according to the CEOWORLD magazine University Ranking 2020, compared to last year when it was placed at second.  The CEOWORLD magazine University Rankings 2020 includes 500 universities across 53 countries.  Founded in 1861 in response to the increasing industrialization of the United States, Massachusetts Institute of Technology adopted a European polytechnic university model and stressed laboratory instruction in applied science and engineering. It has since played a key role in the development of many aspects of modern science, engineering, mathematics, and technology, and is widely known for its innovation and academic strength.

The top 10 on the list include MIT, Stanford, Cambridge, Harvard, Oxford, Caltech, Princeton, UChicago, ETH Zurich – Switzerland, and the University College London. Six U.S. universities are among the top 10 in the world.

The University of California – Los Angeles took the No. 11 spot, followed by the University of California – Berkeley (No.12) and Imperial College London (No.13). Meanwhile, Johns Hopkins University ranked No. 14 in the CEOWORLD magazine’s ranking of the best universities in the world for 2020.

Cornell University University came in fifteenth place, followed by the University of Pennsylvania (sixteenth), Columbia University (seventeenth), Duke University (eighteenth), and Yale University, ranked nineteenth.

Out of 500 universities in the world for 2020, the University of California – San Francisco ranked No. 20th. The CEOWORLD magazine Best Global Universities Ranking measures the quality of education, perceived global influence, recruiters’ responses, employers’ feedback, job placement rate, admission eligibility, specialization, and academic reputation, ranking 500 institutions across 54 countries.

Best Universities In The World For 2020

1Massachusetts Institute of TechnologyUnited States
2Stanford UniversityUnited States
3University of CambridgeUnited Kingdom
4Harvard UniversityUnited States
5University of OxfordUnited Kingdom
6California Institute of TechnologyUnited States
7Princeton UniversityUnited States
8University of ChicagoUnited States
9ETH ZurichSwitzerland
10UCL (University College London)United Kingdom
11University of California, Los AngelesUnited States
12University of California, BerkeleyUnited States
13Imperial College LondonUnited Kingdom
14Johns Hopkins UniversityUnited States
15Cornell UniversityUnited States
16University of PennsylvaniaUnited States
17Columbia UniversityUnited States
18Duke UniversityUnited States
19Yale UniversityUnited States
20University of California, San FranciscoUnited States
21University of MichiganUnited States
22Northwestern UniversityUnited States
23University of TorontoCanada
24University of EdinburghUnited Kingdom
25University of California, San DiegoUnited States
26University of Tokyo (Todai or UTokyo)Japan
27The University of Hong KongHong Kong
28University of WashingtonUnited States
29Tsinghua UniversityChina
30King's College LondonUnited Kingdom
31The Rockefeller UniversityUnited States
32New York UniversityUnited States
33University of MelbourneAustralia
34University of British ColumbiaCanada
35Karolinska InstitutetSweden
36Ecole polytechnique federale de Lausanne (EPFL) Switzerland
37University of ManchesterUnited Kingdom
38University of Wisconsin MadisonUnited States
39National University of SingaporeSingapore
40Peking UniversityChina
41McGill UniversityCanada
42University of Illinois Urbana ChampaignUnited States
43The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at DallasUnited States
44Kyoto UniversityJapan
45Carnegie Mellon UniversityUnited States
46Technical University of MunichGermany
47Heidelberg UniversityGermany
48Ludwig Maximilian University of MunichGermany
49Australian National UniversityAustralia
50University of QueenslandAustralia
51University of Texas at AustinUnited States
52Ecole normale superieure (Paris)France
53University of North Carolina at Chapel HillUnited States
54Washington University in St.Ξ’Β LouisUnited States
55University of BristolUnited Kingdom
56Georgia Institute of TechnologyUnited States
57Nanyang Technological UniversitySingapore
58University of SydneyAustralia
59KU LeuvenBelgium
60University of CopenhagenDenmark
61Mayo Medical SchoolUnited States
62Paris Sciences et LettresFrance
63Monash UniversityAustralia
64Utrecht UniversityNetherlands
65Brown UniversityUnited States
66The Chinese University of Hong KongHong Kong
67Boston UniversityUnited States
68University of California, Santa BarbaraUnited States
69London School of EconomicsUnited Kingdom
70Seoul National UniversitySouth Korea
71Ohio State UniversityUnited States
72Purdue UniversityUnited States
73University of AmsterdamNetherlands
74University of HelsinkiFinland
75Rice UniversityUnited States
76University of Maryland, College ParkUnited States
77University of Southern CaliforniaUnited States
78University of MinnesotaUnited States
79Pennsylvania State UniversityUnited States
80University of GroningenNetherlands
81The University of New South WalesAustralia
82University of California, DavisUnited States
83Uppsala UniversitySweden
84Leiden UniversityNetherlands
85University of ZurichSwitzerland
86University of GlasgowUnited Kingdom
87Humboldt University of BerlinGermany
88University of WarwickUnited Kingdom
89Fudan UniversityChina
90Osaka UniversityJapan
91McMaster UniversityCanada
92University of GenevaSwitzerland
93Erasmus University RotterdamNetherlands
94Delft University of TechnologyNetherlands
95Aarhus UniversityDenmark
96University of Paris VI: Pierre-and-Marie-Curie UniversityFrance
97The University of Western AustraliaAustralia
98Lund UniversitySweden
99Nagoya UniversityJapan
100Ghent UniversityBelgium
101Tohoku UniversityJapan
102University of PittsburghUnited States
103University of SheffieldUnited Kingdom
104Wageningen University & ResearchNetherlands
105Free University of BerlinGermany
106The Hong Kong University of Science and TechnologyHong Kong
107University of Colorado BoulderUnited States
108University of California, IrvineUnited States
109University of AlbertaCanada
110University of BaselSwitzerland
111University of SouthamptonUnited Kingdom
112University of MalayaMalaysia
113Tokyo Institute of TechnologyJapan
114University of OsloNorway
115University of BirminghamUnited Kingdom
116University of Science and Technology of ChinaChina
117University of NottinghamUnited Kingdom
118Michigan State UniversityUnited States
119University of LeedsUnited Kingdom
120University of AdelaideAustralia
121Vanderbilt UniversityUnited States
122Emory UniversityUnited States
123Shanghai Jiao Tong UniversityChina
124Arizona State UniversityUnited States
125Baylor College of MedicineUnited States
126Icahn School of Medicine at Mount SinaiUnited States
127The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer CenterUnited States
128Viadrina European UniversityGermany
129Indian Institute of Science (IISC) BangaloreIndia
130Weizmann Institute of ScienceIsrael
131Charite Universitatsmedizin BerlinGermany
132University of FreiburgGermany
133Trinity College DublinIreland
134Moscow State UniversityRussia
135KAISTSouth Korea
136University of GottingenGermany
137Zhejiang UniversityChina
138University of BernSwitzerland
139Cardiff UniversityUnited Kingdom
140Stockholm UniversitySweden
141Hebrew University of JerusalemIsrael
142Universite catholique de Louvain UCLouvainBelgium
143University of FloridaUnited States
144Universite de MontrealCanada
145City University of Hong KongHong Kong
146Queen Mary, University of LondonUnited Kingdom
147University of DurhamUnited Kingdom
148University of TubingenGermany
149Technical University of DenmarkDenmark
150University of Sao PauloBrazil
151Hokkaido UniversityJapan
152National Taiwan UniversityTaiwan
153Radboud University NijmegenNetherlands
154University of VirginiaUnited States
155University of ExeterUnited Kingdom
156University of Paris-SudFrance
157University of RochesterUnited States
158University of BonnGermany
159Sungkyunkwan UniversitySouth Korea
160RWTH Aachen UniversityGermany
161University of LausanneSwitzerland
162University of LiverpoolUnited Kingdom
163Technion Israel Institute of TechnologyIsrael
164Texas A&M UniversityUnited States
165University of BathUnited Kingdom
166National Tsing Hua UniversityTaiwan
167University of Buenos AiresArgentina
168University of ArizonaUnited States
169Karlsruhe Institute of TechnologyGermany
170University of ViennaAustria
171Case Western Reserve UniversityUnited States
172Aristotle University of ThessalonikiGreece
173Dartmouth CollegeUnited States
174Vrije UniversiteitNetherlands
175Korea UniversitySouth Korea
176Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IITB) India
177King Saud UniversitySaudi Arabia
178Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna Pisa di Studi Universitari e di PerfezionamentoItaly
179Royal Institute of TechnologySweden
180University of YorkUnited Kingdom
181University of AucklandNew Zealand
182TU DresdenGermany
183University of BordeauxFrance
184University of Nebraska LincolnUnited States
185China Medical University (Taichung)China
186Sichuan UniversityChina
187Leipzig UniversityGermany
188University of Massachusetts Medical School - WorcesterUnited States
189Hong Kong Polytechnic UniversityHong Kong
191Nanjing UniversityChina
192Rutgers University - New BrunswickUnited States
193Yonsei UniversitySouth Korea
194Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (IITD)India
195University of LuxembourgLuxembourg
196Indiana University BloomingtonUnited States
197Maastricht UniversityNetherlands
198Universite libre de BruxellesBelgium
199Pohang University of Science and TechnologySouth Korea
200National Autonomous University of MexicoMexico
201University of California, Santa CruzUnited States
202Scuola Normale Superiore di PisaItaly
203Kyushu UniversityJapan
204Tel Aviv UniversityIsrael
205University of Massachusetts LowellUnited States
206Chalmers University of TechnologySweden
207Norwegian University of Science and TechnologyNorway
208University of St AndrewsUnited Kingdom
209Sapienza University of RomeItaly
210University of NewcastleUnited Kingdom
211Tufts UniversityUnited States
212University of CalgaryCanada
213King Abdulaziz UniversitySaudi Arabia
214Ecole normale superieure de LyonFrance
215University of AberdeenUnited Kingdom
216Eindhoven University of TechnologyNetherlands
217Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher EducationMexico
218University of HamburgGermany
219Georgetown UniversityUnited States
220University of WaterlooCanada
221Hanyang UniversitySouth Korea
222Waseda UniversityJapan
223University of BarcelonaSpain
224University of MiamiUnited States
225University of Notre DameUnited States
226Grenoble Alpes UniversityFrance
227University of Illinois at ChicagoUnited States
228University of BergenNorway
229Macquarie UniversityAustralia
230University of Erlangen-NurembergGermany
231University of SussexUnited Kingdom
232University of Alabama at BirminghamUnited States
233Politecnico di MilanoItaly
234University of LancasterUnited Kingdom
235University of Massachusetts AmherstUnited States
236University of StrasbourgFrance
237Paris Diderot UniversityFrance
238Vrije Universiteit BrusselBelgium
239Curtin UniversityAustralia
240University of GothenburgSweden
241University of MunsterGermany
242University of BolognaItaly
243University of ReadingUnited Kingdom
244Sciences PoFrance
245Queen's UniversityCanada
246National University of Sciences And Technology (NUST) IslamabadPakistan (Islamic Republic of)
247Queen's University BelfastUnited Kingdom
248Royal Holloway, University of LondonUnited Kingdom
249Technical University of BerlinGermany
250Pompeu Fabra UniversitySpain
251Universiti Putra MalaysiaMalaysia
252National University of MalaysiaMalaysia
253University of AntwerpBelgium
254University of Western OntarioCanada
255University of InnsbruckAustria
256Autonomous University of BarcelonaSpain
257University of California, RiversideUnited States
258University of OttawaCanada
259Loughborough UniversityUnited Kingdom
260University of DundeeUnited Kingdom
261American University of BeirutLebanon
262University of PaduaItaly
263Al-Farabi UniversityKazakhstan
264University of TwenteNetherlands
265University of Cape TownSouth Africa
266University of LisbonPortugal
267University of WollongongAustralia
268University of CologneGermany
269Paris-Sorbonne UniversityFrance
270Sun Yat-sen UniversityChina
271Queensland University of TechnologyAustralia
272University of LeicesterUnited Kingdom
273University of TsukubaJapan
274Harbin Institute of TechnologyChina
275Medical University of ViennaAustria
276University of OregonUnited States
277Oregon Health & Science UniversityUnited States
278University of South FloridaUnited States
279Swedish University of Agricultural SciencesSweden
280George Mason UniversityUnited States
281University of HoustonUnited States
282Drexel UniversityUnited States
283Claude Bernard University Lyon 1France
284University of MissouriUnited States
285University of TurinItaly
286King Abdullah University of Science and TechnologySaudi Arabia
287Royal Agricultural University (RAU)United Kingdom
288Medical University of South CarolinaUnited States
289Paul Sabatier University (Toulouse 3)France
290Soochow UniversityChina
291South China University of TechnologyChina
292Southeast UniversityChina
293The University of Texas Health Science Center at San AntonioUnited States
294University at Buffalo, The State University of New YorkUnited States
295University of BelgradeSerbia
296University of GranadaSpain
297Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IITM)India
298University of LorraineFrance
299Virginia Commonwealth UniversityUnited States
300University of OtagoNew Zealand
301University of Technology MalaysiaMalaysia
302Beijing Normal UniversityChina
303National University of ColombiaColombia
304Goethe University FrankfurtGermany
305Ecole PolytechniqueFrance
306University of the AndesColombia
307University of MannheimGermany
308North Carolina State UniversityUnited States
309University of UtahUnited States
310Aalto UniversityFinland
311University College DublinIreland
312Northeastern UniversityUnited States
313University of Technology SydneyAustralia
314Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur (IITK)India
315National Taiwan University of Science and TechnologyTaiwan
316Wuhan UniversityChina
317Autonomous University of MadridSpain
318Linkoping UniversitySweden
319Pantheon-Sorbonne UniversityFrance
320Ecole des Ponts ParisTechFrance
321University of NavarreSpain
322Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur (IITKGP)India
323Aix-Marseille UniversityFrance
324University of East AngliaUnited Kingdom
325Keio UniversityJapan
326Deakin UniversityAustralia
327Polytechnic University of CataloniaSpain
328University of WurzburgGermany
329University of ChileChile
330Tilburg UniversityNetherlands
331Universitas IndonesiaIndonesia
332University of StrathclydeUnited Kingdom
333National Chiao Tung UniversityTaiwan
334University of South AustraliaAustralia
335Carlos III University of MadridSpain
336University of TasmaniaAustralia
337Charles University in PragueCzech Republic
338University College CorkIreland
339Victoria University of WellingtonNew Zealand
340National Cheng Kung UniversityTaiwan
341The University of Newcastle, AustraliaAustralia
342University of MilanItaly
343The Katz School at Yeshiva UniversityUnited States
344National Taiwan Normal UniversityTaiwan
345Bauman Moscow State Technical UniversityRussia
346Complutense University of MadridSpain
347University of WaikatoNew Zealand
348University of DelhiIndia
349Pontificia Universidad Catolica de ChileChile
350Saint Petersburg State UniversityRussia
351University of JenaGermany
352University of Hawaii at ManoaUnited States
353SOAS, University of LondonUnited Kingdom
354NUI GalwayIreland
355Xi'an Jiaotong UniversityChina
356Hong Kong Baptist UniversityHong Kong
357University of DelawareUnited States
358University of IowaUnited States
359University of UlmGermany
360University of StuttgartGermany
361University of KielGermany
362Politecnico di TorinoItaly
363University of SurreyUnited Kingdom
364University of the WitwatersrandSouth Africa
365Birkbeck, University of LondonUnited Kingdom
366Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee (IITR)India
367Oregon State UniversityUnited States
368Paris Descartes University - Sorbonne Paris CitΓ©France
369King Fahd University of Petroleum and MineralsSaudi Arabia
370Dalhousie UniversityCanada
371Aalborg UniversityDenmark
372University of MontpellierFrance
373Massey UniversityNew Zealand
374Tongji UniversityChina
375TU WienAustria
376Universidade Estadual de CampinasBrazil
377Stony Brook UniversityUnited States
378Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati (IITG)India
379University of Missouri Kansas City (UMKC)United States
380Lincoln UniversityNew Zealand
381Tomsk State UniversityRussia
382Johannes Gutenberg University MainzGermany
383University of PortoPortugal
384Ruhr University BochumGermany
385National Yang-Ming UniversityTaiwan
386Ecole normale superieure Paris-Saclay (ENS Paris-Saclay)France
387Federal University of Rio de JaneiroBrazil
388Institut Teknologi BandungIndonesia
389Federico Santa Maraa Technical University (Santa Maria University)Chile
390University of CanterburyNew Zealand
391University of TartuEstonia
392Belarusian State UniversityBelarus
393Mahidol UniversityThailand
394University of LiegeBelgium
395L.N. Gumilyov Eurasian National UniversityKazakhstan
396Hiroshima UniversityJapan
397University of BelgranoArgentina
398Griffith UniversityAustralia
399The University of GeorgiaUnited States
400University of PisaItaly
401University of Texas at DallasUnited States
402Boston CollegeUnited States
403Gwangju Institute of Science and TechnologySouth Korea
404City, University of LondonUnited Kingdom
405Florida State UniversityUnited States
406Umea UniversitySweden
407University of EssexUnited Kingdom
408Nankai UniversityChina
409Chulalongkorn UniversityThailand
410Simon Fraser UniversityCanada
411University of VictoriaCanada
412RMIT UniversityAustralia
413Qatar UniversityQatar
414Universiti Brunei DarussalamBrunei Darussalam
415Novosibirsk State UniversityRussia
416University of CincinnatiUnited States
417University of PaviaItaly
418University of South CarolinaUnited States
419Temple UniversityUnited States
420University of VermontUnited States
421University of ManitobaCanada
422University of Milan-BicoccaItaly
423Saint Louis UniversityUnited States
424Tata Institute of Fundamental ResearchIndia
425Western Sydney UniversityAustralia
426Beihang UniversityChina
427Ben-Gurion University of the NegevIsrael
428Brigham Young UniversityUnited States
429Capital Medical UniversityChina
430Central South UniversityChina
431Chang Gung UniversityChina
432Chiba UniversityJapan
433China University of Geosciences (Wuhan)China
434Dalian University of TechnologyChina
435East China University of Science and TechnologyChina
436ESPCI ParisTechFrance
437Hannover Medical SchoolGermany
438Hunan UniversityChina
439Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI)United States
440Lanzhou UniversityChina
441Louisiana State UniversityUnited States
442National and Kapodistrian University of AthensGreece
443Ocean University of ChinaChina
444Okayama UniversityJapan
445Shandong UniversityChina
446The University of Texas Health Science Center at HoustonUnited States
447University of Central FloridaUnited States
448University of DuesseldorfGermany
449University of KentuckyUnited States
450University of North TexasUnited States
451University of Santiago de CompostelaSpain
452University of TehranIran (Islamic Republic of)
453Toulouse 1 University CapitoleFrance
454George Washington UniversityUnited States
455Universite Paris Dauphine, PSL Research UniversityFrance
456University of TennesseeUnited States
457Kyung Hee UniversitySouth Korea
458Moscow Institute of Physics and TechnologyRussia
459La Trobe UniversityAustralia
460University of JyvaskylaFinland
461University of Science MalaysiaMalaysia
462James Cook UniversityAustralia
463Virginia TechUnited States
464Oxford Brookes UniversityUnited Kingdom
465Universidade Nova de LisboaPortugal
466Technische Universität DarmstadtGermany
467Huazhong University of Science and TechnologyChina
468Iowa State UniversityUnited States
469University of TurkuFinland
470Pontifical Catholic University of ArgentinaArgentina
471Rensselaer Polytechnic InstituteUnited States
472Laval UniversityCanada
473Tokyo Medical and Dental UniversityJapan
474University of the PhilippinesPhilippines
475University of Tromso norwayNorway
476University of Southern DenmarkDenmark
477Colorado State UniversityUnited States
478University of St.GallenSwitzerland
479University of Colorado DenverUnited States
480Aston UniversityUnited Kingdom
481Moscow State Institute of International RelationsRussia
482National Research Nuclear UniversityRussia
483University of KentUnited Kingdom
484Ewha Womans UniversitySouth Korea
485Tampere University of TechnologyFinland
486Heriot-Watt UniversityUnited Kingdom
487National Research University Higher School of Economics (HSE)Russia
488Brandeis UniversityUnited States
489University of WarsawPoland
490National Research Tomsk Polytechnic UniversityRussia
491National Sun Yat-sen UniversityTaiwan
492Swinburne University of TechnologyAustralia
493University of ConnecticutUnited States
494United Arab Emirates UniversityUnited Arab Emirates
495Dublin City UniversityIreland
496National Central UniversityTaiwan
497Xiamen UniversityChina
498The American University in CairoEgypt
499Illinois Institute of TechnologyUnited States
500HUFS - Hankuk (Korea) University of Foreign StudiesSouth Korea

General Methodology on the CEOWORLD magazine’s University Ranking 2020. The rankings are based on seven major metrics of quality and reputation. Overall Score (100%) is the sum of:

1. Perceived Global Influence (20%)
2. Recruiters Responses (20%)
3. Employers Feedback (10%)
4. Job Placement Rate (10%)
5. Admission Eligibility (10%)
6. Specialization (10%)
7. Academic Reputation (20%)

To establish our list, we collected information and statistics from publicly available sources, research, and survey. The ranking measures the quality of education, job placements of graduates, recruiters response, employers feedback, without relying on institution data submissions.

Survey disclosure: How they made their choices?

Our respondents were sent a long list of more than 700 universities drawn from leagues on every continent and asked one simple question: which universities are the best in the world in 2020?

We asked our respondents to choose 10 universities each, and rank their selection in order from 1-10, No1 being their choice of the best university in the world for 2020.

The No 1 choice of each respondent was awarded 10pts, No 2 given 9pts, down to 1pt for their No 10 choice. All the votes were added together to give a raw score.

An institution needed to receive votes from at least 500 respondents to qualify for the list.

We are very grateful to our respondents for taking part, and none have been paid for participating in this project.
To allow our respondents the freedom to express their opinions, individual voting records will be anonymized in the full breakdown of scores.

Graduates, industry professionals, employers, and recruiters were asked to rate universities on a scale of 1 “marginal” to 100 “outstanding” or “don’t know.”

However, this is by no means a comprehensive list, while institutions above are the CEOWORLD magazine’s “Best Universities In The World For 2020,” there may be many other universities that offer excellent programs.

* The survey involved respondents from 95 countries and was conducted between August to November 2018.
* This ranking should not be viewed as the most important aspect when choosing a university, and are merely one element to consider.
* The top-ranked university receives 100 points.
* The rankings are the result of a rigorous analytical exercise, incorporating multiple data sources, without relying on university data submissions.
* Detailed survey data and information collected directly from 115,000 individuals, across 7 data points.
* Magazine invited 115,000 Individuals from 95 countries to participate in this year’s invitation-only opinion study.
* Surveys completed by 55,000 graduates; 25,000 recruiters; and 35,000 employers (with 500 or more employees) around the world.
* We analyzed over 700 universities during the data collection process.
* The overall score is numerical scores given to the university based on students, industry professionals, and recruiter feedback — measuring the quality of the university. Total scores are out of 100.
* The margin of sampling error for the full sample of 115,000 respondents is plus or minus 1.2 percentage points. In addition to sampling error, one should bear in mind that as in all survey research, there are possible sources of error—such as coverage, nonresponse, and measurement error——that could affect the results.

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