Paul L. Caron

Thursday, November 8, 2007

2007 World University Rankings

The Times Higher Education Supplement (THES) has published the 2007 World University Rankings.  The methodology incorporates a number of variables, including the opinions of academics and of companies employing graduates, international student and staff numbers, and research.  Here are the Top 50:

  1. Harvard University
  2. University of Cambridge
  3. University of Oxford
  4. Yale University
  5. Imperial College London
  6. Princeton University
  7. California Institute of Technology (Caltech)
  8. University of Chicago
  9. UCL (University College London)
  10. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
  11. Columbia University
  12. McGill University
  13. Duke University
  14. University of Pennsylvania
  15. Johns Hopkins University
  16. Australian National University
  17. University of Tokyo
  18. University of Hong Kong
  19. Stanford University
  20. Carnegie Mellon University
  21. Cornell University
  22. University of California, Berkeley
  23. University of Edinburgh
  24. King's College London
  25. Kyoto University
  26. Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris
  27. University of Melbourne
  28. École Polytechnique
  29. Northwestern University
  30. University of Manchester
  31. The University of Sydney
  32. Brown University
  33. University of British Columbia
  34. University of Queensland
  35. National University of Singapore
  36. Peking University
  37. University of Bristol
  38. The Chinese University of Hong Kong
  39. University of Michigan
  40. Tsinghua University
  41. University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
  42. ETH Zurich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology)
  43. Monash University
  44. University of New South Wales
  45. University of Toronto
  46. Osaka University
  47. Boston University
  48. University of Amsterdam
  49. New York University (NYU)
  50. The University of Auckland

For a critical view of these rankings, see International Ranking Systems for Universities and Institutions: A Critical Appraisal and University Rankings Don't Measure Up.  For press coverage, see:

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maybe a bit bias but we have to look at the transparency of the Ranking Methodology

Posted by: dean | Apr 30, 2008 5:20:08 AM

Very nice, but is it really credible that three of the top five universities are in the UK and the top 15 are entirely English-speaking? A bit of bias, perhaps . . .

Posted by: Michael Livingston | Nov 8, 2007 6:58:21 PM