Academic Ranking of World Universities

ShanghaiRanking’s Academic Ranking of World Universities 2020 Press Release

Saturday, August 15, 2020
Shanghai, People’s Republic of China

The 2020 Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) is released today by ShanghaiRanking Consultancy. Since 2003, ARWU has been presenting the world top universities annually based on transparent methodology and objective third-party data. It has been recognized as the precursor of global university rankings and the most trustworthy one. This year, the best 1000 universities in the world are published.

Harvard University tops the ranking list for the 18th year. Stanford University and the University of Cambridge remain to be the No. 2 and No. 3 respectively. Other Top 10 universities are MIT(4th), Berkeley(5th), Princeton(6th), Columbia(7th), Caltech(8th) Oxford(9th) and Chicago(10th). In Continental Europe, Paris-Saclay University(14th) becomes the best at its first appearance in ARWU, followed by ETH Zurich(20th). The University of Tokyo(26th) keeps its leading position in Asia, and Tsinghua University(29th) overtakes Kyoto University(34th), becoming the second best among Asian universities. The University of Melbourne(35th) tops other universities in Oceania.

Six universities make their first-ever appearances in the Top 100, including four French ones, namely Paris-Saclay University(14th), PSL University(36th), University of Paris(65th) and Université Grenoble Alpes(99th), and two Chinese ones, namely the University of Science and Technology of China(73th) and Fudan University(100th). Beijing Jiaotong University and other 14 universities enter into the Top 500 list for the first time. More than 40 universities enter into Top 1000 list for the first time.

TOP 50 Universities in ARWU 2020

Rank 2020 Rank 2019 Institution Country
1 1
Harvard University
USA
2 2
Stanford University
USA
3 3
University of Cambridge
UK
4 4
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
USA
5 5
University of California, Berkeley
USA
6 6
Princeton University
USA
7 8
Columbia University
USA
8 9
California Institute of Technology
USA
9 7
University of Oxford
UK
10 10
University of Chicago
USA
11 11
Yale University
USA
12 13
Cornell University
USA
13 11
University of California, Los Angeles
USA
14
Paris-Saclay University
France
15 16
Johns Hopkins University
USA
16 15
University College London
UK
16 14
University of Washington
USA
18 18
University of California, San Diego
USA
19 17
University of Pennsylvania
USA
20 19
ETH Zurich
Switzerland
21 20
University of California, San Francisco
USA
22 20
University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
USA
23 24
University of Toronto
Canada
23 22
Washington University in St. Louis
USA
25 23
Imperial College London
UK
26 25
The University of Tokyo
Japan
27 28
Duke University
USA
27 30
New York University
USA
29 43
Tsinghua University
China
30 29
Northwestern University
USA
30 33
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
USA
32 27
University of Wisconsin - Madison
USA
33 26
University of Copenhagen
Denmark
34 32
Kyoto University
Japan
35 41
The University of Melbourne
Australia
36
PSL University
France
36 33
The University of Manchester
UK
38 35
University of British Columbia
Canada
39 44
Sorbonne University
France
40 41
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
USA
41 45
The University of Texas at Austin
USA
42 31
The University of Edinburgh
UK
43 35
Rockefeller University
USA
44 38
University of Colorado at Boulder
USA
45 38
Karolinska Institute
Sweden
45 38
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
USA
47 51
King's College London
UK
48 49
The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas
USA
49 53
Peking University
China
49 48
University of California, Santa Barbara
USA

Universities from the United States dominate this year’s Top 1000 list with 8 universities among the Top 10, 41 among the Top 100, 133 among the Top 500 and 206 among the Top 1000. China has 168 universities ranked in the Top 1000, among which 81 are in the Top 500, 6 are in the Top 100. United Kingdom has 65 Top 1000 universities, and 36 of them are listed in the Top 500, 8 are listed in the Top 100.

The complete list and detailed methodologies can be found at ShanghaiRanking’s website http://www.ShanghaiRanking.com/.

Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU): Starting from 2003, ARWU has been presenting the world top 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 articles published in journals of Nature and Science, the number of Highly Cited Researchers and articles indexed in Science Citation Index - Expanded and Social Sciences Citation Index based on data in the Web of Science, and per capita performance. More than 2000 universities are ranked by ARWU every year and the best 1000 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.

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