What Can One Learn From a List of the Top Universities?

CWUR World University Rankings

CWUR Top 1000 Universities  (Top 25 shown) http://cwur.org/2015/

CWUR Top 1000 Universities (Top 25 shown)
http://cwur.org/2015/


Top 1000 Universities from CWUR

The list of top universities above comes from the Center for World University Rankings. The list below comes from the Shanghai Academic Rankings of World Universities. The top 25 schools were excerpted from each list, but the full lists of 1,000 above — and 500 below — are available at the links provided.

The two systems of ranking use somewhat different methodologies in computing the ranks. Overall, the two lists are quite similar, although the CWUR rankings provide more detailed information for rank comparison.

Shanghai Ranking of World Universities

World
Rank
Institution* Country
/Region
National
Rank
Total
Score
Score on
1
Harvard University
1
100.0
100.0
2
Stanford University
2
73.3
40.7
3
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
3
70.4
68.2
4
University of California, Berkeley
4
69.6
65.1
5
University of Cambridge
1
68.8
77.1
6
Princeton University
5
61.0
53.3
7
California Institute of Technology
6
59.6
49.5
8
Columbia University
7
58.8
63.5
9
University of Chicago
8
57.1
59.8
10
University of Oxford
2
56.6
49.7
11
Yale University
9
54.5
47.6
12
University of California, Los Angeles
10
50.7
29.5
13
Cornell University
11
50.5
42.0
14
University of California, San Diego
12
48.7
19.2
15
University of Washington
13
47.8
21.2
16
Johns Hopkins University
14
46.3
37.7
17
University of Pennsylvania
15
46.1
31.6
18
University College London
3
44.5
28.1
18
University of California, San Francisco
16
44.5
0.0
20
Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich
1
43.7
29.5
21
The University of Tokyo
1
42.0
30.8
22
University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
17
41.7
34.4
23
The Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine
4
41.5
14.5
24
University of Wisconsin – Madison
18
41.1
30.8
25
University of Toronto
1
40.6
19.9

Top 25 schools excerpted from: Top 500 rankings Shanghai Academic Ranking of World Universities

Neither Russia nor China have schools scoring in the top 50, although Russia has one school that ranks in the top 100 — Moscow State University (#86 in Shanghai Rank, #59 in CWUR). All education inside Russia is suffering reduced financial support, and losing international standing, so MSU’s ranking may not endure for long.

The US has 33 schools in the top 50, and 55 in the top 100. The UK has 4 schools in the top 50, and 7 in the top 100. Japan has 5 in the top 50, and 7 in the top 100.

China has 83 schools in the CWUR 2015 top 1000, most of them in the lower half of the top 1000 rankings. Russia has only 5 schools in the CWUR top 1000, a very poor achievement for a nation that considers itself a world leader.

The Anglosphere: Canada has 33 schools in the CWUR 2015 top 1000. Australia has 27. The UK has 65 and the US 229. New Zealand has 6 — one more than Russia. Ireland has 8. From Europe, France has 49 schools in the top 1,000, Italy has 47, Spain has 40, Germany has 55, Sweden has 11, Switzerland has 9, Finland has 9, and Norway has 5 — the same as Russia. From East Asia, Taiwan has 21 schools in the CWUR 2015 top 1,000, Japan has 74, South Korea has 36. From Latin America, Brazil has 18 schools in the CWUR top 1,000, Chile has 4, Colombia has 2, Argentina has 3, Mexico has 2. From South Asia, India has 16 universities in the CWUR top 1,000. From MENA, Israel has 7 in the top 1,000, Egypt has 4, Saudi Arabia has 4 in the top 1,000, Iran has 8, Turkey has 10.

Shanghai Top 500

China has 32 schools in the Shanghai top 500. Russia has 3 schools in the Shanghai top 500. The UK has 37, and the US 146. Australia has 20 schools in the Shanghai top 500. Canada has 20. Ireland has 3. New Zealand has 2.

More information at the links above, including the methodologies used for the two systems of ranking.

Comparing the rankings of universities in different nations is only one way of comparing nations to each other. But it can be a telling comparison. Can a modern nation with a population above 140 million people survive for long, if it allows its higher educational system to decay in rankings below that of Iran? If the same nation is also caught in a perfect storm of economic decay, infrastructure decay, health system decay, military decay, and an almost total corruption of all systems of government and industry, the answer may be in the negative.

U21 Ranking of National Higher Education Systems

The main ranking compares a country’s performance against the best in the world on each measure. Overall, the top 10 countries in rank order are: the United States, Switzerland, Denmark, Finland, Sweden, Canada, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Singapore and Australia. This list contains the same countries as in the 2014 Ranking, but the order has changed a little. __ http://www.universitas21.com/article/projects/details/152/u21-rankings-of-national-higher-education-systems

The above U21 rankings are for national educational systems, rather than individual universities. The U21 also offers an “adjusted overall results summary,” which is much like an “affirmative action” ranking of nations — or a “booby prize” of sorts.

Full details of U21 rankings are available as PDF downloads

A number of other university ranking groups publish annual global rankings, including QS World University Rankings, and Times Higher Ed World University Rankings.

According to this ranking of BRICS’ and Emerging Economies’ universities, China, India, Taiwan, Turkey, and Brazil do better than Russia. South Africa does about as well as Russia.

Perhaps the top universities of Europe, North America, Oceania, and Asia should open extension campuses inside Russia, in order to provide Russian youth with the chance to receive a quality education, without having to travel outside of the country. That may be the only way to save the future of Russia — once Putin and his cronies have been done away with, of course.

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