Academic Ranking of World Universities

ShanghaiRanking’s Academic Ranking of World Universities 2016 Press Release

Monday, August 15, 2016
Shanghai, People's Republic of China

The 2016 Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) is released today by ShanghaiRanking Consultancy. Starting from 2003, ARWU has been presenting the world Top 500 universities annually based on transparent methodology and third-party data.

Harvard University remains the number one in the world for the 14th year. Berkeley raise from the 4th to the 3rd. Oxford soars from the 10th place to the 7th. ETH Zurich (19th) takes first place in Continental Europe, and University of Copenhagen (31st) in Denmark overtakes Pierre & Marie Curie (39th) in France as the second best university in this area. In Asia, University of Tokyo is back to Top 20 but Kyoto University drop from 26th to 32nd. University of Melbourne (40th) tops other universities in Oceania, followed by University of Queensland (55th).

Institution 2016 2015 Country
Harvard Univ
Stanford Univ
Univ California - Berkeley
Univ Cambridge
Massachusetts Inst Tech (MIT)
Princeton Univ
Univ Oxford
California Inst Tech
Columbia Univ
Univ Chicago
Yale Univ
Univ California - Los Angeles
Cornell Univ
Univ California - San Diego
Univ Washington - Seattle
Johns Hopkins Univ
Univ Coll London
Univ Pennsylvania
Swiss Fed Inst Tech - Zurich
Tokyo Univ

There are totally 9 universities breaking into the Top 100 list in 2016, among which Tsinghua University, Peking University, Monash University, National University of Singapore, Mayo Medical School and the University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center make their first appearance in the Top 100. This is also the first time for China and Singapore to have Top 100 universities in the world.

In total, 27 universities have made it into the Top 500 list for the first time.

The complete list and detailed methodologies can be found at ShanghaiRanking’s official website at

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.

ShanghaiRanking Consultancy: ShanghaiRanking Consultancy is a fully independent organization dedicating to research on higher education intelligence and consultation. It has been the official publisher of the Academic Ranking of World Universities since 2009.

Contact: Dr. Snow WANG at