2011-2012 World’s Best Universities

Sometime in March of  this year, I posted the 2010-2011 World’s Best Universities.

Now for 2011-2012:  The World’s Ranking of Best Universities:

QS World University Ranking

World’s Top 10:

1. University of Cambridge – United Kingdom

2. Harvard University – United States

3. Massachusetts Institute of Technology – United States

4. Yale University – United States

5. University of Oxford – United Kingdom

6. Imperial College of London – United Kingdom

7. University College of London – United Kingdom

8. University of Chicago – United States

9. University of Pennsylvania – United States

10. Columbia University – United States

Top 10 For Asia and the Pacific:

1. University of Hong Kong – Hong Kong, China (world rank = 22)

2. The University of Tokyo – Japan (world rank = 25)

3. Australian National University  – Australia (world rank  = 26)

4. National University of Singapore – Singapore (world rank = 28)

5. The University of Melbourne – Australia (world rank = 31)

6. Kyoto University – Japan (world rank = 32)

7. The Chinese University of Hong Kong – Hong Kong, China (world rank = 37)

8. The University of Sydney – Australia (world rank  = 38)

9. The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology – Hong Kong (world rank = 40)

10. Seoul National University – South Korea (world rank = 40)

Top 10 For Southeast Asia:

1. National University of Singapore – Singapore (world rank = 28)

2. Nanyang Technological University – Singapore (world rank = 58)

3. Universiti Malaya – Malaysia (world rank = 167)

4. Chulalongkorn University – Thailand (world rank = 171)

5. University of Indonesia – Indonesia (world rank = 217)

6. Mahidol University – Thailand (world rank = 229)

7. Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia – Malaysia (world rank = 279)

8. University of the Philippines – Philippines (world rank = 332)

9. Universiti Sains Malaysia – Malaysia (world rank = 335)

10. Universitas Gadjah Madah – Indonesia (world rank = 342)

To complete the roster for Southeast Asia universities in the world’s top 500 best universities…

11. Ateneo De Manila University – Philippines (world rank = 360)

12. Universiti Teknologi Malaysia – Malaysia (world rank = 401-405)

13. Bandung Institute of Technology – Indonesia (world rank = 451-500)

14. International Islamic University of Malaysia – Malaysia (world rank = 451-500)

For those who will ask about the ranking of De La Salle University and University of Santo Tomas; 2 of the BIG 4 Universities of the Philippines…

De La Salle University – world rank = 551-600

University of Santo Tomas – world rank = 601+

The indicators in choosing over 2,000 and evaluates over 700 universities in the world, ranking the top 400 include: academic reputation and employer reputation based from the global survey conducted and from employers from various industry sectors respectively; citations per faculty; faculty student ratio; proportion of international students ; and proportion of international faculty (Source:http://www.topuniversities.com / http://iu.qs.com).

Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings

World’s Top 10:

1. California Institute of Technology – U.S.A

2. Harvard University – U.S.A

3. Stanford University – U.S.A

4. University of Oxford – U.K

5. Princeton University – U.S.A

6. Cambridge University – U.K

7. Massachusetts Institute of Technology – U.S.A

8. Imperial College of London – U.K

9. University of Chicago – U.S.A

10. University of California, Berkeley – U.S.A

Now, off to Asia…

1. University of Tokyo – Japan (world rank = 30)

2. University of Hong Kong – H.K., China (world rank = 34)

3. National University of Singapore – Singapore (world rank =40)

4. Peking University – China (world rank = 43)

5. Kyoto University – Japan (world rank = 52)

6. Pohang University of Science and Technology – Korea (world rank = 53)

7. Hong Kong University of Science and Technology – H.K,China (world rank = 62)

8. Tsinghua University – China (world rank = 72)

9. Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology – Korea (world rank = 94)

10. Tokyo Institute of Technology – Japan (world rank = 108)

Southeast Asia’s best…

1. National University of Singapore – Singapore (world rank = 40)

2. Nanyang Technological University – Singapore (world rank = 169)

3. Mahidol University – Thailand (world rank = 351-400)

No other Southeast Asian universities made into their top 400 list.

They were ranked based on 5 headline categories: (1) Teaching – learning environment; (2) Research – volume, income and reputation; (3) Citations – research influence; (4) Industry income – innovation; and (5) International outlook – staff, students and research (Source: http://www.timeshighereducation.co.uk).

Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU)

World’s Top 10 Universities:

1. Harvard University – US

2. Stanford University – US

3. Massachusetts Institute of Technology – US

4. University of California, Berkeley – US

5. University of Cambridge – UK

6. California Institute of Technology – US

7. Princeton University – US

8. Columbia University – US

9. University of Chicago – US

10. University of Oxford – US

For the Asia – Pacific region:

1. Kyoto University – Japan (world rank = 27)

2. University of Melbourne – Australia (world rank = 60)

3. Osaka University – Japan (world rank = 82)

4. The University of Queensland – Australia (world rank = 86)

5. Nagoya University – Japan (world rank = 94)

6. University of Sydney – Australia (world rank = 96)

7. Tohoku University – Japan (world rank = 97)

8. Hokkaido University – Japan (world rank = 102-150)

9. National Taiwan University – Taiwan (world rank = 102-150)

10. National University of Singapore – Singapore (world rank = 102-150)

To continue for Southeast Asia…

1. National University of Singapore – Singapore

2. Nanyang Technological University – Singapore (world rank = 201-300)

3. University of Malaya – Malaysia (world rank = 401-500)

There are no other Southeast Asian universities in ARWU’s top 500 list.

The criteria (and indicators) used by ARWU in the selection of their top 500 world’s best universities include: quality of education (whose alumni had won Nobel Prizes and Fields Medals); quality of faculty (faculty with highly cited researchers in 21 broad subject categories and had won Nobel Prizes and Fields Medals); research output (Papers published in Nature and Science andPapers indexed in Science Citation Index-expanded and Social Science Citation Index); per capita performance (Source: http://www.arwu.org).

Webometrics Ranking of the World’s Universities

Top 10 World Ranking:

1. Massachusetts Institute of Technology – USA

2. Harvard University – USA

3. Stanford University – USA

4. Cornell University – USA

5. University of California, Berkeley – USA

6. University of Michigan – USA

7. University of Wisconsin Madison – USA

8. University of Washington – USA

9. University of Minnesota – USA

10. University of Pennsylvania – USA

Top Asia:

1. National Taiwan University – Taiwan (world rank = 24)

2. University of Tokyo – Japan (world rank = 34)

3. Kyoto University – Japan (world rank = 56)

4. National Cheng Kung University – Taiwan (world rank = 67)

5. University of Hong Kong – Hong Kong, China (world rank = 82)

6. National University of Singapore – Singapore (world rank = 85)

7. National Chiao Tung University – Taiwan (world rank = 89)

8. National Tsing Hua University – Taiwan (world rank = 108)

9. Peking University – China (world rank = 109)

10. Chinese University of Hong Kong – Hong Kong, China (world rank = 128)

Top Southeast Asia:

1. National University of Singapore – Sinagpore (world rank = 85)

2. Kasetsart University – Thailand (world rank = 316)

3. Chulalongkorn University – Thailand (world rank = 334)

4. Universiti Teknologi Malaysia – Malaysia (world rank = 419)

5. Universiti Sains Malaysia – Malaysia (world rank = 428)

6. Mahidol University – Thailand (world rank = 443)

7. Prince of Songkla University – Thailand (world rank = 448)

8. Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia – Malaysia (world rank = 462)

9. Nanyang  Technological University – Singapore (world rank = 490)

10. Chiang Mai University – Thailand (world rank = 510)

11. University of Malaya – Malaysia (world rank = 552)

12. University of Indonesia – Indonesia (world rank = 562)

13. Khon Kaen University – Thailand (world rank = 580)

14. Universiti Putra Malaysia – Malaysia (world rank = 589)

15. Thammasat University – Thailand (world rank = 617)

For Philippine universities…to continue the Top Southeast Asia list:

23. University of the Philippines, Diliman – Philippines (world rank = 918)

77. De La Salle University Manila – Philippines (world rank = 2,096)

91. Ateneo De Manila University – Philippines (world rank = 2,525)

Based on its website, it is an initiative of the Cybermetrics Lab, a research group belonging to the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC), the largest public research body in Spain.  The original of this ranking is web publication.  Thus, it ranks a higher learning institution based on the number of external inlinks and the number of pages of  its website;  number of its documents in the web domain, and the number of its publications and pages recovered from the different search engines in the internet (Source: http://www.webometrics.info) .


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