CWUR World 2014 Rankings

Most students looking for a university to commence higher education will tell you that beyond seeking the advice of friends and family, the most essential port of call is a ranking system. These systems also create a sense of competitiveness between universities across the globe, as they each strive to deliver a better higher education. The Centre for World University rankings filters particulars to provide a comprehensively detailed list, making the process of landing a new university far easier for prospective students.

CWUR makes its decisions by measuring institutions against eight objective indicators to establish the word’s 1000 best universities. The 8 robust objectives include the quality of education provided, former alumni employment, the quality of faculty, released publications, the university’s reach and influence, highly-cited research publications, the broad impact of the university and its patents.

Somewhat unique in its field, CWUR publishes the only global university ranking resource that combines the high quality of education provided and the training of students in conjunction with the acclaim of faculty members and the value of released research; making an independent choice rather than depending on university data submissions and surveys.

The utterly comprehensive list is perhaps the most trusted on the market today, highly accredited by a collaboration of students, academics, government officials and university administrators. The site ranks a range of global heavy hitters and can be condensed to focus on various areas, including the Americas, Europe, Africa, BRICS and the Middle East as well as providing an expansive worldwide ranking list. Students looking for schools anywhere in the world can effortlessly do so by selecting their continent and exploring the top performing institutions on offer.

The specifics of ranking include considerations concerning the number of alumni who have gone on to inspire international acclaim, winning prizes, medals and awards as well as alumni who went on to pin down highly heralded CEO positions. Research papers turning up in reputable journals also remain an important focus. CWUR’s meticulous methodology provides a quantitative approach to ranking which remains utterly trustworthy and dependable, garnering accurate and authentic results.

Nadim Mahassen, who wrote a thesis dedicated to CWUR’s approach said, “In recent years, there has been an increasing interest in world university rankings. The Academic Ranking of World Universities, first published in 2003, was the first attempt at a global ranking. Up to now, there has been no ranking measuring the quality of the learning environment as well as research without relying on surveys and university data submissions. Here it is shown that a ranking measuring the quality of education and training of students as well as the prestige of the faculty and the quality of their research could be constructed based solely on verifiable data.”

The painstakingly detailed approach to isolating key features and ordering schools accordingly, has transformed CWUR into a highly accredited ranker who publish an annual report that many turn to again and again. The eye catching tables highlight which schools rank best with a European rank, quality of education score, a score provided given the ranking of each objective met and an overall score. Presently, the USA, China, Japan and the UK lead.