Academic World University Ranking 2019
Who came out on top in the Academic Ranking of World Universities 2019? Source: Honey Yanibel Minaya Cruz/Unsplash

The 2019 Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) was released today by the ShanghaiRanking Consultancy.

Since 2003, ARWU has presented the global Top 500 universities annually based on transparent methodology and objective third-party data. It has been recognised as the precursor of global university rankings and the most trustworthy university league table on offer. This year, the Academic Ranking of World Universities named the best 1000 universities on the globe.

Harvard University tops the list for the 17th consecutive year, while Stanford and the University of Cambridge remain at No. 2 and No. 3, respectively.

Completing the top 10 universities are MIT, Berkeley, Princeton, Oxford, Columbia, Caltech and Chicago. In Continental Europe, ETH Zurich (19th) continues to be the best ranked university, with the University of Copenhagen (26th) taking second place.

The University of Tokyo (25th) and Kyoto University (32nd) keep their leading positions in Asia, while Tsinghua University (43rd) comes in third among Asian universities. The University of Melbourne (41st) tops other universities in the Oceania region.

Shanghai Jiao Tong University (82nd) and the University of New South Wales (94th) make their debut in the Top 100 this year. On top of this, Shenzhen University and another 13 universities enter into the Top 500 for the first time, with more than 50 universities entering the Top 1000 list for the very first time in 2019.

<em>Harvard tops the list for the 17th year in the Academic World University Rankings 2019. Source: Shutterstock</em>

Harvard tops the list for the 17th year in the Academic World University Rankings 2019. Source: Shutterstock

TOP 50 Universities in Academic Ranking of World Universities 2019

Rank 2019 Rank 2018 Institution Country
1 1 Harvard University United States
2 2 Stanford University United States
3 3 University of Cambridge United Kingdom
4 4 Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) United States
5 5 University of California, Berkeley United States
6 6 Princeton University United States
7 7 University of Oxford United Kingdom
8 8 Columbia University United States
9 9 California Institute of Technology United States
10 10 University of Chicago United States
11 11 University of California, Los Angeles United States
11 12 Yale University United States
13 12 Cornell University United States
14 14 University of Washington United States
15 17 University College London United Kingdom
16 18 Johns Hopkins University United States
17 16 University of Pennsylvania United States
18 15 University of California, San Diego United States
19 19 Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich Switzerland
20 21 University of California, San Francisco United States
20 27 University of Michigan-Ann Arbor United States
22 20 Washington University in St. Louis United States
23 24 Imperial College London United Kingdom
24 23 University of Toronto Canada
25 22 The University of Tokyo Japan
26 29 University of Copenhagen Denmark
27 28 University of Wisconsin – Madison United States
28 26 Duke University United States
29 25 Northwestern University United States
30 32 New York University United States
31 32 The University of Edinburgh United Kingdom
32 35 Kyoto University Japan
33 34 The University of Manchester United Kingdom
33 30 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill United States
35 30 Rockefeller University United States
35 43 University of British Columbia Canada
37 42 University of Paris-Sud (Paris 11) France
38 44 Karolinska Institute Sweden
38 38 University of Colorado at Boulder United States
38 41 University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign United States
41 38 The University of Melbourne Australia
41 37 University of Minnesota, Twin Cities United States
43 45 Tsinghua University China
44 36 Sorbonne University France
45 40 The University of Texas at Austin United States
46 51 University of Maryland, College Park United States
47 47 Heidelberg University Germany
48 46 University of California, Santa Barbara United States
49 48 The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas United States
49 51 Utrecht University Netherlands

Universities from the United States dominate this year’s list, with eight institutions among the Top 10, 45 among the Top 100, 137 among the Top 500 and 206 among the Top 1000. China has 154 universities ranked in Top 1000, among which 66 are Top 500 and four are Top 100. The UK has 61 Top 1000 universities, with 36 also listed in the Top 500, and eight listed in the Top 100.

The complete Academic Ranking of World Universities and its detailed methodologies can be found on ShanghaiRanking’s website.

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