Academic Ranking of World Universities 2015 Press Release
The 2015 Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) is released today by the Center for World-Class Universities at Shanghai Jiao Tong University. Starting from 2003, ARWU has been presenting the world Top 500 universities annually based on transparent methodology and third-party data. It has been recognized as the precursor of global university rankings and the most trustworthy one.
Harvard University remains the number one in the world for the 13th year, other Top 10 universities are: Stanford, MIT, Berkeley, Cambridge, Princeton, Caltech, Columbia, Chicago and Oxford. In Continental Europe, ETH Zurich (20th) in Switzerland takes first place, and University of Copenhagen (35th) in Denmark overtakes Pierre & Marie Curie (36th) in France as the second best university in this region. University of Tokyo (21st) and Kyoto University (26th) keeps their leading positions in Asia. University of Melbourne (44th) tops other universities in Oceania.
University of Warwick (92nd) in UK enters the Top 100 list for the first time. There are totally 11 universities breaking into the Top 500 list in 2015, among which Queensland University of Technology in Australia and Sharif University of Technology in Iran make their first appearance.
The Center for World-Class Universities also releases the 2015 Academic Ranking of World Universities by Broad Subject Fields (ARWU-FIELD) and 2015 Academic Ranking of World Universities by Subject Fields (ARWU-SUBJECT). Top 200 universities in five broad subject fields and in five selected subject fields are listed, where the best five universities are:
- Natural Sciences and Mathematics – Berkeley, Harvard, Princeton, Stanford and Caltech
- Engineering/Technology and Computer Sciences – MIT, Stanford, Berkeley, UIUC and UT Austin
- Life and Agriculture Sciences – Harvard, Cambridge, Stanford, MIT and UC San Francisco
- Clinical Medicine and Pharmacy – Harvard, UC San Francisco, Washington (Seattle), Johns Hopkins and Stanford
- Social Sciences – Harvard, Chicago, MIT, Columbia and Berkeley
- Mathematics – Princeton, Stanford, Harvard, Berkeley, Pierre & Marie Curie
- Physics – Berkeley, Princeton, Harvard, MIT and Caltech
- Chemistry – Berkeley, Harvard, Stanford, Caltech and Northwestern (Evanston)
- Computer Science – Stanford, MIT, Berkeley, Harvard and Princeton
- Economics/Business – Harvard, Chicago, MIT, Berkeley and Columbia
The complete lists and detailed methodologies can be found at the Academic Ranking of World Universities website at http://www.ShanghaiRanking.com/.
Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU): Starting from 2003, ARWU has been presenting the world Top 500 universities annually based on a set of objective indicators and third-party data. ARWU has been recognized as the precursor of global university rankings and the most trustworthy league table. ARWU adopts six objective indicators to rank world universities, including the number of alumni and staff winning Nobel Prizes and Fields Medals, the number of Highly Cited Researchers, the number of articles published in journals of Nature and Science, the number of articles indexed in Science Citation Index - Expanded and Social Sciences Citation Index, and per capita performance. More than 1200 universities are actually ranked by ARWU every year and the best 500 universities are published.
Center for World-Class Universities at Shanghai Jiao Tong University (CWCU): CWCU is dedicated to the theoretical and policy study of World-Class Universities with a more than 25-year history. CWCU initiated the "International Conference on World-Class Universities" in 2005 and has organized this biennial event since then. CWCU endeavors to build databases of major research universities in the world and a clearinghouse of literature on World-Class Universities, and provides consultations for governments and universities.
ShanghaiRanking Consultancy: ShanghaiRanking Consultancy is a fully independent organization dedicating to research on higher education. It is the official publisher of the Academic Ranking of World Universities.