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The world’s best universities 2019

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The fifth annual U.S. News Best Global Universities Ranking has revealed its top universities of 2019, with Harvard University topping the list with a global score of 100. Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Stanford University came in at #2 and #3, scoring 97.6 and 93.8 respectively.

A total of 1,250 universities from more than 60 countries were ranked based on 13 indicators that measure their academic research performance and their global and regional reputations.

Human Resources has listed the top 25 universities from the overall list here:

The world’s top 25 universities 2019:

#1 Harvard University, US

#2 Massachusetts Institute of Technology, US

#3 Stanford University, US

#4 University of California – Berkeley, US

#5 University of Oxford, UK

#6 California Institute of Technology, US

#7 University of Cambridge, UK

#8 Columbia University, US

#9 Princeton University, US

#10 University of Washington, US

#11 Yale University, US

#12 John Hopkins Unversity, US

#13 University of California – Los Angeles, US

#14 University of Chicago, US

#15 University of California – San Francisco, US

#16 University of Pennsylvania, US

#17 University of California – San Diego, US

#18 (Tie) Imperial College London, UK

#18 (Tie) University of Michigan – Ann Arbor, US

#20 University of Toronto, Canada

#21 University College London, UK

#22 Duke University, US

#23 Cornell University, US

#24 Northwestern University, US

#25 Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich, Switzerland


The 13 indicators used in compiling the U.S. News Best Global University Rankings are as follows:

  • Global research reputation (12.5%)
  • Regional research reputation (12.5%)
  • Publications (10%)
  • Books (2.5%)
  • Conferences (2.5%)
  • Normalised citation impact (10%)
  • Total citations (7.5%)
  • Number of publications that are among the 10% most cited (12.5%)
  • Percentage of total publications that are among the 10% most cited (10%)
  • International collaboration (5%)
  • Percentage of total publications with international collaboration (5%)
  • Number of highly cited papers that are among the top 1% most cited in their respective field (5%)
  • Percentage of total publications that are among the top 1% most highly cited papers (5%)

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