Academic Ranking of World Universities 2013 released

Eastern institutions slow to make inroads into Shanghai Academic Ranking of World Universities table

August 15, 2013

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Cause to celebrate? Asia has some way to go to establish itself as a power

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The long-heralded shift of global academic power towards Asia appears to be happening at a glacial pace, if at all, according to this year’s Shanghai Jiao Tong university rankings.

Both the US and the UK have one fewer institution in the top 500 this year, but there was a better performance by some North American and European countries and little evidence of more Asian representation in the Academic Ranking of World Universities 2013.

There are now no Asian universities in the top 20 after the University of Tokyo was displaced by the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich at number 20.

China (which has 28 in the top 500), Taiwan (9), Hong Kong (5), Singapore (2), India (1) and Malaysia (1) all have the same number of universities in the table as last year.

South Korea (11) had one more institution than in 2012, but Japan (20) has one fewer.

Meanwhile, Canada (23), Germany (38) and Portugal (4) all grew their tally by one each.

There continues to be just a single country representative of Asia in the top 100 – Japan.

In the top 10, positions were largely unchanged, with Harvard University topping the table, the University of Cambridge coming fifth, and the University of Oxford 10th.

However, the University of California, Berkeley, rose from fourth to third, swapping places with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

The UK now has 37 universities in the top 500 after Swansea University dropped off the list. It has nine universities in the top 100, the same as last year, with University College London and Imperial College London remaining in 21st and 24th place respectively.

Lower down the table, some UK universities managed to improve their positions: the University of Bristol jumped six places to 64th; King’s College London moved up one to 67th; and the University of Nottingham rose three places to 83rd. The US has 149 universities in the top 500, and 52 in the top 100, one fewer than last year.

For the first time the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, founded in Saudi Arabia in 2009 with a $10 billion (£6.5 billion) endowment, has entered the table.

However, in the 401-500 sector of the list, it still has a long way to go to realise its ambition of being among the top 10 science and technology institutions by 2020.

The table is based on six, largely research-based, measures. It comes ahead of the launch of the Times Higher Education World University Rankings, which will be unveiled at the THE World Academic Summit on 3 October in Singapore.

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Academic Ranking of World Universities 2013 top 100

World RankInstitutionCountry
1Harvard UniversityUnited States
2Stanford UniversityUnited States
3University of California, BerkeleyUnited States
4Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)United States
5University of CambridgeUnited Kingdom
6California Institute of TechnologyUnited States
7Princeton UniversityUnited States
8Columbia UniversityUnited States
9University of ChicagoUnited States
10University of OxfordUnited Kingdom
11Yale UniversityUnited States
12University of California, Los AngelesUnited States
13Cornell UniversityUnited States
14University of California, San DiegoUnited States
15University of PennsylvaniaUnited States
16University of WashingtonUnited States
17The Johns Hopkins UniversityUnited States
18University of California, San FranciscoUnited States
19University of Wisconsin - MadisonUnited States
20Swiss Federal Institute of Technology ZurichSwitzerland
21The University of TokyoJapan
21University College LondonUnited Kingdom
23University of Michigan - Ann ArborUnited States
24The Imperial College of Science, Technology and MedicineUnited Kingdom
25University of Illinois at Urbana-ChampaignUnited States
26Kyoto UniversityJapan
New York UniversityUnited States
28University of TorontoCanada
29University of Minnesota, Twin CitiesUnited States
30Northwestern UniversityUnited States
31Duke UniversityUnited States
32Washington University in St. LouisUnited States
33University of Colorado at BoulderUnited States
34Rockefeller UniversityUnited States
35University of California, Santa BarbaraUnited States
36The University of Texas at AustinUnited States
37Pierre and Marie Curie University - Paris 6France
38University of Maryland, College ParkUnited States
39University of Paris Sud (Paris 11)France
40University of British ColumbiaCanada
41The University of ManchesterUnited Kingdom
42University of CopenhagenDenmark
43University of North Carolina at Chapel HillUnited States
44Karolinska InstituteSweden
45University of California, IrvineUnited States
46The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at DallasUnited States
47University of California, DavisUnited States
47University of Southern CaliforniaUnited States
49Vanderbilt UniversityUnited States
50Technical University MunichGermany
51The University of EdinburghUnited Kingdom
52Carnegie Mellon UniversityUnited States
52Utrecht UniversityNetherlands
54Pennsylvania State University - University ParkUnited States
54University of HeidelbergGermany
54University of MelbourneAustralia
57Purdue University - West LafayetteUnited States
58McGill UniversityCanada
59The Hebrew University of JerusalemIsrael
60University of ZurichSwitzerland
61Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey - New BrunswickUnited States
61University of MunichGermany
61University of PittsburghUnited States
64University of BristolUnited Kingdom
65The Ohio State University - ColumbusUnited States
66The Australian National UniversityAustralia
67Brown UniversityUnited States
67King’s College LondonUnited Kingdom
69University of GenevaSwitzerland
69University of OsloNorway
71Ecole Normale Superieure - ParisFrance
71University of FloridaUnited States
73Uppsala UniversitySweden
74Leiden UniversityNetherlands
75Boston UniversityUnited States
76University of HelsinkiFinland
77Technion-Israel Institute of TechnologyIsrael
78University of ArizonaUnited States
79Arizona State University - TempeUnited States
79Moscow State UniversityRussia
81Aarhus UniversityDenmark
82Stockholm UniversitySweden
83University of BaselSwitzerland
83University of NottinghamUnited Kingdom
85Ghent UniversityBelgium
85Indiana University BloomingtonUnited States
85Osaka UniversityJapan
85The University of QueenslandAustralia
85University of UtahUnited States
90University of RochesterUnited States
91The University of Western AustraliaAustralia
92McMaster UniversityCanada
92Michigan State UniversityUnited States
92Rice UniversityUnited States
92University of GroningenNetherlands
92Weizmann Institute of ScienceIsrael
97University of StrasbourgFrance
97University of SydneyAustralia
99Case Western Reserve UniversityUnited States
100University of FreiburgGermany

View the world’s top 400 universities in the THE World University Rankings 2012-2013

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Reader's comments (2)

Ratings in table and those reported in hyperlinked individual institutional reports don't match: e.g. University of Toronto #28 in table, #21 in world ranking. Are they reporting different rankings? Which is "correct"?
Brunel University is now on one campus, not four as stated.