By: Agence France-Presse
US universities retained their dominance in an annual Chinese ranking of the world’s top educational establishments, with Harvard staying primary for the 15th straight yr.
In a top 10, little modified from final yr, Stanford held on to the second spot in the “Academic Ranking of World Universities” compiled by the unbiased Shanghai Ranking Consultancy, which has ranked the top 500 establishments every year since 2003.
A press release accompanying this yr’s outcomes stated the rankings had been based mostly on a spread of indicators together with alumni and employees successful Nobel Prizes and Fields Medals, and papers revealed in the journals “Nature” and “Science”.
The University of Cambridge and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology every moved up a slot to take third and fourth because the University of California at Berkeley dropped two rungs to fifth place.
Princeton, Oxford, Columbia, the California Institute of Technology, and the University of Chicago rounded out the top 10.
China’s prestigious Tsinghua University was one of the largest upward movers, climbing 10 spots to quantity 48, getting into the top 50 for the primary time.
The highest-ranked Asian establishment remained Tokyo University at 24th, although it was down 4 spots as different faculties moved up, akin to Washington University of St. Louis, which moved to 20th, its highest displaying but.
The ranking is constantly largely static at its top ranges.
The checklist has generated controversy in the previous for what critics say is stressing science over the humanities.
The Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich remained the highest-ranked entry from continental Europe, holding on to 19th place, whereas the University of Copenhagen in Denmark moved up one slot to 30th.(AFP)