Study Abroad: ARWU Releases its 2023 Ranking List. Harvard Secures Its Reign at the Top

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Study Abroad: ARWU Releases its 2023 Ranking List. Harvard Secures Its Reign at the Top

Shanghai Rankings or the ARWU for 2023 are released. Harvard University has secured the #1st rank like earlier. This time the university battled with Stanford University and MIT for the position but the overall scores had a huge difference to call it a close win. 

Harvard scored a total score of 100, whereas Stanford was at an overall 76.8 score followed by MIT at 70.1. Other universities in the top 10 are the University of Cambridge, the University of California Berkley, Princeton University, Oxford University, Columbia University, California Institute of Technology and the University of Chicago

Moreover, the USA has been the top country with the most number of ranking universities in the top 10 followed by the UK. Besides, there was no other country in the list of top 10. 

Source: ShanghaiRankings Official Website

Top 25 Universities

The list of top 25 universities in the Academic Ranking of World Universities 2023 is also dominated by universities from the USA. Apart from the UK following in the 2nd position, countries like France, Switzerland, Canada and China are also represented in the top 25. 

Here is the list of the top 25 universities based on the Shanghai Rankings 2023. 

UniversitiesRanking Country and Overall Score
Harvard University 1USA (100)
Stanford University 2USA (76.8)
MIT3USA (70.1)
Cambridge University 4UK (67.9)
University of California, Berkely5USA (63.4)
Princeton University 6USA (60.1)
University of Oxford7UK (59.5)
Columbia University 8USA (55.3)
California Institute of Technology 9USA (54.5)
University of Chicago 10USA (53.8)
Yale University 11USA (52.2)
Cornell University 12USA (50.5)
University of California, LA13USA (48.0)
University of Pennsylvania14USA (47.7)
Paris Saclay University 15France (47.0)
John Hopkins University 16USA (46.8)
University College London17UK(45.9)
University of Washington18USA (45.4)
University of California, San Diego 19USA (44.8)
ETH Zurich20Switzerland (44.1)
University of California San Francisco 21USA (44.0)
Tsinghua University 22China (40.3)
Imperial College London23UK (39.9)
University of Toronto24Canada (39.7)
Washington University in St. Louis25USA (39.0)

ARWU Rankings

Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) or ShanghaiRanking is one of the topmost and widely considered university ratings in the world. Furthermore, they release annual publications of these rankings based on various factors.

Formerly, Shanghai Jiao Tong University made the first official list which was compiled and issued in 2003. Hence, the name is derived from the university. However, from 2009 onwards, ShanghaiRanking Consultancy, which is an independent body releases this list annually.

Nearly 2500 universities are ranked under this system out of which the top 1000 are published. Whereas to decide the criteria, there are six factors used by the ShanghauRanking consultancy. There are mentioned below. 

  1. The number of Nobel Prizes and Fields Medals won by alumni and staff.
  2. Number of Clarivate selected highly cited researchers. 
  3. Number of articles published in journals of Nature and Science. 
  4. The number of articles indexed in Science Citation Index Expanded and Social Sciences Citation Index in the Web of Science.
  5. Per capita performance of a university.

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