The first major university ranking of the year released is the Center for World University Rankings (CWUR), who publishes their list way before the start of the new academic year. On July 16, 2015, the Center for World University Rankings (CWUR) released their ranking of the Top 1000 Universities in the world. Harvard topped their list for the fourth time. The CWUR is one of only two major rankings that are not published by a western country either in the United States or the United Kingdom. CWUR is centered in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
This is the fourth year CWUR has released their rankings, the relatively new listing first started in 2012. It includes their ranking of the Top 1000 Universities. After Harvard, the rest of the top three remains the same as last year with Stanford second and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) third. Two British universities round out the top five like last year, with fourth place University of Cambridge closely followed by international ranked number five, University of Oxford. The top 10 had little movement with one exception Yale University dropped out of the top ten to No. 11 while Cornell moved up to take the tenth spot.
CWUR also includes rankings by country, with lists of the best universities in the major countries in all the world’s regions and they correspond to the rankings in the international list. Therefore, Harvard also tops the USA list, while number four University of Cambridge is the United Kingdom’s top school. As with the other international rankings published this year, the US dominates CWUR’s list.
The first school to make the international list outside of the US and UK was Japan’s University of Tokyo at number thirteen, the top ranking Asian school, Japan has two universities in the top 20. The first university ranking from the European continent is Switzerland’s Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich, which ranks in at 20th place down two from last year.
In the Middle East, Hebrew University of Jerusalem in Israel is the highest-ranking university, coming in at a high number 23 internationally, down one from last year; Hebrew U usually ranks as Israel’s top university. University of Toronto is Canada’s top university, but only ranks at 32 on the international list, down one from last year. McGill University sits at number two in Canada, but only 42 internationally.
CWUR centered in Saudi Arabia emphasizes universities located in the Middle East, which is mostly overlooked in other international rankings. Saudi Arabia’s King Saud University tops the Arab World’s list, Saudi Arabia’s country and the GCC Countries ranking lists.
Key to their methodology is objectivity; all the eight indicators are backed by solid quantifiable statistics emphasizing graduate success and faculty research. The major indicators account for 25 percent of the score each and include Quality of Education focused on alumni awards, alumni employment calculating the number of graduates who became CEOs at major companies, Quality of Faculty calculating the awards the faculty have garnered. The remaining indicators account for five percent each and emphasis faculty research, and include publications, influence, citations, broad impact using the “university’s h-Index,” and patents.
According to the description of their methodology, “The Centre for World University Rankings (CWUR) publishes the only global university ranking that measures the quality of education and training of students along with the prestige of the faculty members and the quality of their research without relying on surveys and university data submissions.”
CWUR’s Nadim Mahassen says their ranking is “superior” than most of the international rankings, because it bases the results entirely on the quantifiable. Mahassen specifically expressed that the CWUR is better than Times Higher Education World University Rankings because they relay partially on reputation, and is fairer to all disciplines than ARWU because they rely on scientific publications in their ranking methodology.
Center for World University Rankings (CWUR) top 10:
- 1 Harvard University, USA
- 2 Stanford University, USA
- 3 Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
- 4 University of Cambridge, United Kingdom
- 5 University of Oxford, United Kingdom
- 6 Columbia University, USA
- 7 University of California, Berkeley, USA
- 8 University of Chicago, USA
- 9 Princeton University, USA
- 10 Cornell University, USA