/ShanghaiRanking’s Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) is out!

ShanghaiRanking’s Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) is out!

Philadelphia, USA, August 15, 2018 – The 2018 Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) is released today by ShanghaiRanking Consultancy. Since 2003, every year ARWU has been presenting the world’s Top 500 universities based on Science Citation Index Expanded and Social Sciences Citation Index data from Clarivate Analytics, as well as data from other third parties.  ARWU is recognized as a leader of global university rankings.

ARWU adopts six objective indicators to rank world universities, including the number of Highly Cited Researchers representing some of the world’s most influential minds as determined by a citation analysis of Web of Science data from Clarivate Analytics. Close to 1,500 universities are ranked by ARWU every year. This year the list of World Top 500 Candidates is extended to cover all universities ranked in the Top 1,000. Harvard University tops the ranking list for the 16th year running. Stanford University and the University of Cambridge remain at second and third respectively.

“Hundreds of universities around the world have announced their plans to become global leaders and become known as World-Class Universities,” said Dr. Cheng Ying, Founder & CEO of ShanghaiRanking Consultancy. “As part of our six objective indicators for ARWU, the citation indexes from Clarivate Analytics continue to help us identify those universities with the potential to compete at a global level.”

David Liu, Managing Director, APAC, Clarivate Analytics explained:

“Trusted by more than 20 million users worldwide, our research analytics tools and data power the most prestigious university and academic rankings globally. We highly value our partnership with ShanghaiRanking Consultancy and look forward to continuing our partnership with their teams.”

The United States and China are the two biggest hosts of Top 500 Candidates; the United States has 139 and China has 62 universities listed. The United States has eight universities among the Top 10, 46 among the Top 100 and 139 among the Top 500. There are three universities from China in the Top 100. The United Kingdom has 39 Top 500 universities, and eight of them are also listed in Top 100.

TOP 20 Universities in ARWU 2018

Rank 2018 Rank 2017 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 12 University of California, Los Angeles United States
12 14 Cornell University United States
12 11 Yale University United States
14 13 University of Washington United States
15 15 University of California, San Diego United States
16 17 University of Pennsylvania United States
17 16 University College London United Kingdom
18 18 Johns Hopkins University United States
19 19 Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich Switzerland
20 20 Washington University in St. Louis United States

The complete list and detailed methodologies can be found at ShanghaiRanking’s website http://www.ShanghaiRanking.com/.


The 2018 Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) released on the 15 August by Shanghai Ranking Consultancy presents the world’s Top 500 universities based on Science Citation Index Expanded and Social Sciences Citation Index data from Clarivate Analytics as well as data from other third parties.

Amongst this year’s World Top 500 are the following 4 universities from Southeast Asia:

  • Rank 85: National University of Singapore
  • Rank 96: Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
  • Rank 301-400: University of Malaya, Malaysia
  • Rank 401-500: Universiti Sains Malaysia (University of Science, Malaysia)

There are 8 universities from Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand, which are ranked from 501 to 1000 as ARWU World Top 500 Candidates 2018:

  • Rank 501-600: Chulalongkorn University, Thailand
  • Rank 501-600: Mahidol University, Thailand
  • Rank 501-600: Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (National University of Malaysia)
  • Rank 601-700: Universiti Putra Malaysia
  • Rank 701-800: Prince of Songkla University, Thailand
  • Rank 801:900: Chiang Mai University, Thailand
  • Rank 801-900: Singapore University of Technology & Design
  • Rank 801-900: Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (University of Technology, Malaysia)

Click here to see the complete list >

Sources: https://clarivate.com/blog/news/clarivate-analytics-data-powers-annual-shanghairankings-academic-ranking-world-universities-arwu/?utm_campaign=Research_Post_Newsletter_Aug_SAR_SEA_2018_email1&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Eloqua&elqTrackId=194641081b7e4940abdad28f3da1eb00&elq=ddc5cd13024a4575a8416daebcda7f94&elqaid=1647&elqat=1&elqCampaignId=432


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