University World News in its issue # 377 of 14 August 2015

Knowledge Economy as proposed by most countries of the GCC seems to be beneficial to Saudi Arabia with two in the top 200 and four in the top 500, followed by Egypt with one in the top 500.

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Meanwhile, for the World University Rankings 2015-2016, an institutional data collection is underway as reported on Tuesday, 24 March 2015 by Times Higher Education (THE) .

In effect, “Times Higher Education  has begun building the largest and most comprehensive database of university information in the world as part of reforms to ensure that the flagship THE World University Rankings continue to lead the field for rigour, responsiveness and transparency.”


“More than 1,000 globally focused universities are currently being invited to submit their institutional data through a new Times Higher Education-run secure data collection portal, as THE seeks to continue to provide the richest and most sophisticated picture of global higher education available. The first institutional data submissions have already been provided to THE, and institutions must complete the process in the coming weeks if they want to be included in the analysis for the 2015-2016 THE World University Rankings.”


America dominates, China rises in Shanghai rankings

By Brendan O’Malley

American universities maintain their dominance of the 2015 Academic Ranking of World Universities, or ARWU, released by the Centre for World-Class Universities at Shanghai Jiao Tong University on Saturday, taking eight out of the top 10 places, and 16 out of the top 20.

Harvard University remains the number one in the world for the 13th year.  In fact, the first 15 places remain the same, except that Oxford University drops from joint ninth down to tenth. The top ten are Harvard, Stanford, MIT, California Berkeley, Cambridge, Princeton, Caltech, Columbia, Chicago and Oxford.

But while the top echelons of the ranking show little change, there has been some notable movement lower down, with a steady improvement in the position of Chinese universities.

Dr Ying Cheng, who leads the research on the rankings for Shanghai Ranking Consultancy, the independent organisation which publishes the ARWU, said: “Though the number of top 500 universities from China kept unchanged, the exact positions of almost all of them rise. The best ranked two Chinese universities, Tsinghua and Peking, are very close to the top 100 now.”

He also pointed to the significant leap by one institution, the UK’s Warwick University, which breaks into the top 100 for the first time, in 92nd place.

“Last year it was ranked in the group of 151-200; Professor Martin Hairer being awarded the Fields Medal in 2014 was the major reason behind the jump.”

The UK takes three places in the top 20 with Cambridge and Oxford joined by University College London up two places at 18th. Other UK universities in the top 50 are the Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine (23rd), the University of Manchester (joint 41st) and the University of Edinburgh (47th).

In continental Europe, the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich or ETH Zurich (20th) in Switzerland takes first place, and the University of Copenhagen (35th) in Denmark overtakes Pierre and Marie Curie University (36th) in France as the second best university in this region. These were followed by France’s University of Paris-Sud (joint 41st), Germany’s Heidelberg University (46th) and Sweden’s Karolinska Institute (48th).

The University of Tokyo (21st) and Kyoto University (26th) keep their leading positions as the only top 50 universities in Asia.

The University of Melbourne (joint 44th) tops universities in Oceania.

Canada had two in the top 50 with the University of Toronto 25th and the University of British Columbia 40th.

Shared dominance

Overall, the Americas take a majority of the top 100 and share dominance of the top 500 with Europe.  The Americas have 16 of the top 20, 55 of the top 100, and 176 of the top 500.  Europe has four in the top 20, 35 in the top 100, and 205 in the top 500.  Asia-Pacific has none in the top 20, 10 in the top 100, and 114 in the top 500.  Africa has none in the top 100, but five in the top 500.

Only three countries are represented in the top 20 – USA (16), UK (3) and Switzerland (1).  Some 16 countries were represented in the top 100 – led by the USA (51), UK (9), Switzerland (4), Germany (4), France (4), Australia (4), the Netherlands (4), Japan (4), Canada (4), Sweden (3), Belgium (2), Israel (2), Denmark (2), Norway (1), Finland (1) and Russia (1).

China has none in the top 100 but five in the top 200 and 44 in the top 500, second only to the USA.