Academic Ranking of World Universities 2014 Press ReleaseAug 21 2014
The 2014 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 reliable 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 12th year, other Top 10 universities are: Stanford, MIT, Berkeley, Cambridge, Princeton, Caltech, Columbia, Chicago and Oxford. ETH Zurich (19th) takes first place in Continental Europe, followed by Pierre & Marie Curie (35th), University of Copenhagen (39th) overtakes Paris-Sud (42nd) in France as the third best university in Continental Europe. University of Tokyo (21st) and Kyoto University (26th) top other universities in Asia. University of Melbourne (44th) becomes the highest ranked university in this region in the history of ARWU.
EPFL’s first appearance in Top 100 (96th) increases the number of Top 100 universities in Switzerland to 5, which is the 3rd highest number across all countries. UC Santa Cruz (93rd), KU Leuven (96th), Georgia Tech (99th) and VU University Amsterdam (100th) enter the Top 100 list for the first time. There are totally 25 universities breaking into the Top 500 list in 2014, among which Deakin University in Australia and other nine universities make their first appearance.
The Center for World-Class Universities also releases the 2014 Academic Ranking of World Universities by Broad Subject Fields (ARWU-FIELD) and 2014 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, Berkeley and Columbia
- Mathematics – Princeton, Harvard, Berkeley, Pierre & Marie Curie and Stanford
- Physics – Berkeley, Princeton, MIT, Harvard and Caltech
- Chemistry – Berkeley, Harvard, Stanford, Northwestern (Evanston) and Cambridge
- Computer Science – Stanford, MIT, Berkeley, Harvard and Princeton
- Economics/Business – Harvard, Chicago, MIT, Berkeley and Princeton
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.