The U. S. leads the rankings again this year, with 221 universities making the overall list. The top four spots are held by U.S. schools, with Harvard University at No. 1. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology comes in at No. 2, followed by Stanford University at No. 3 and the University of California—Berkeley at No. 4. The United Kingdom’s University of Oxford rounds out the top 5.

Behind the U.S., the following countries have the most ranked institutions out of the 1,250 schools on the overall list:

  • China: 136
  • Japan: 76
  • U.K.: 73
  • Germany: 58

In addition to the overall list, the new edition of Best Global Universities includes rankings by country, region and subject. New this year are four country-specific rankings, including for Argentina and Mexico, bringing the total up to 42.

Across the 22 subject-specific rankings, U.S. schools again claim the most No. 1 spots. For the first time, China’s Tsinghua University replaces MIT as No. 1 in computer science and once again tops the list for engineering. Listed in rank order, these countries performed the best in the following subject rankings:

  • Computer science: U.S., China, U.K., Canada, Australia
  • Economics and business: U.S., U.K., Australia, Canada, China (tie), Netherlands (tie)
  • Engineering: U.S., China, U.K., Canada, Italy
  • Neuroscience and behavior: U.S., Germany, U.K., Canada (tie), France (tie), Netherlands (tie)

“The schools that rank the highest in the Best Global Universities rankings are those that emphasize academic research, including by partnering with international scholars to produce highly cited articles,” said Robert Morse, chief data strategist at U.S. News. “This is different from the Best Colleges rankings, which measure the overall quality of undergraduate institutions in the U.S. and focus on student outcomes such as graduation and retention rates.”

For the 2018 edition, U.S. News made a slight change to the methodology to further emphasize international collaboration at universities by rewarding schools that author articles with researchers from different countries.

The Best Global Universities methodology – which is based on Web of Science data and metrics provided by Clarivate Analytics InCites – weighs factors that measure a university’s global and regional research reputation and academic research performance. For the overall rankings, this includes bibliometric indicators such as publications, citations and international collaboration. Each subject ranking has its own methodology based on academic research performance and reputation in that specific area.

“For more than 30 years, U.S. News has been committed to making higher education data more accessible to prospective students choosing a U.S. university,” said Anita Narayan, managing editor of Education at U.S. News. “The Best Global Universities rankings similarly allow consumers to accurately evaluate and compare international schools to find the right fit for them, based on available data.”

2018 U.S. News & World Report Best Global Universities

Overall Best Global Universities – Top 10 
1. Harvard University (U.S.)
2. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (U.S.)
3. Stanford University (U.S.)
4. University of California—Berkeley (U.S.)
5. University of Oxford (U.K.)
6. California Institute of Technology (U.S.)
7. University of Cambridge (U.K.)
8. Columbia University (U.S.)
9. Princeton University (U.S.)
10. Johns Hopkins University (U.S.) (tie)
10. University of Washington (U.S.) (tie)
10. Yale University (U.S.) (tie)

Africa – Top 5 
1. University of Cape Town (South Africa)
2. University of Witwatersrand (South Africa)
3. University of KwaZulu Natal (South Africa)
4. Stellenbosch University (South Africa)
5. Cairo University (Egypt)

Asia – Top 5 
1. National University of Singapore
2. Nanyang Technological University (Singapore)
3. University of Tokyo (Japan)
4. Tsinghua University (China)
5. Peking University (China)

Australia/New Zealand – Top 5 
1. University of Melbourne (Australia)
2. University of Sydney
3. University of Queensland Australia
4. Monash University (Australia)
5. Australian National University (tie)
5. University of New South Wales (tie)

Europe – Top 5 
1. University of Oxford (U.K.)
2. University of Cambridge (U.K.)
3. Imperial College London
4. University College London
5. Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (Switzerland)

Latin America – Top 5 
1. University of São Paulo (Brazil)
2. Pontificia University Católica de Chile
3. Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)
4. University of Buenos Aires (Argentina)
5. State University of Campinas (Brazil)

The Best Global Universities rankings serve the broader U.S. News mission to provide trusted information and rankings to help all students navigate their higher education options – including with the Best Colleges, Best Graduate Schools and Best Online Programs rankings. For Chinese students in particular, U.S. News offers online resource centers published in Chinese to help guide prospective undergraduate and graduate students interested in studying abroad. In addition, U.S. News is continuing to collaborate with U.S. News Global Education, a subsidiary company of Shorelight Education, to help international students and their families connect with universities.

For more information on the Best Global Universities, visit Facebook and Twitter using #BestGlobal.

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