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. 

Universities Ranking  Country and Overall Score
Harvard University  1 USA (100)
Stanford University  2 USA (76.8)
MIT 3 USA (70.1)
Cambridge University  4 UK (67.9)
University of California, Berkely 5 USA (63.4)
Princeton University  6 USA (60.1)
University of Oxford 7 UK (59.5)
Columbia University  8 USA (55.3)
California Institute of Technology  9 USA (54.5)
University of Chicago  10 USA (53.8)
Yale University  11 USA (52.2)
Cornell University  12 USA (50.5)
University of California, LA 13 USA (48.0)
University of Pennsylvania 14 USA (47.7)
Paris Saclay University  15 France (47.0)
John Hopkins University  16 USA (46.8)
University College London 17 UK(45.9)
University of Washington 18 USA (45.4)
University of California, San Diego  19 USA (44.8)
ETH Zurich 20 Switzerland (44.1)
University of California San Francisco  21 USA (44.0)
Tsinghua University  22 China (40.3)
Imperial College London 23 UK (39.9)
University of Toronto 24 Canada (39.7)
Washington University in St. Louis 25 USA (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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