Har­vard tops Chi­nese rank­ing of best var­si­ties

The Myanmar Times - - World -

UNI­VER­SI­TIES from main­land China broke into the global top 100 in an an­nual rank­ing for the first time yes­ter­day, but Har­vard re­mained num­ber one for the 14th con­sec­u­tive year.

China’s pres­ti­gious Ts­inghua Univer­sity was 58th, beat­ing elite Pek­ing Univer­sity in 71st place, in the “Aca­demic Rank­ing of World Uni­ver­si­ties” com­piled by the in­de­pen­dent Shanghai Rank­ing Con­sul­tancy.

The Na­tional Univer­sity of Sin­ga­pore also en­tered the top 100 for the first time, ty­ing for 83rd, it said.

For the top 10, Stan­ford main­tained sec­ond place but MIT dropped from third to fifth, with the Univer­sity of Cal­i­for­nia at Berke­ley and the Univer­sity of Cam­bridge each mov­ing up one spot to take third and fourth.

The Shanghai Rank­ing is con­sis­tently largely static at its top lev­els, and this year nine of the top 20 were in un­changed po­si­tions, and an­other nine moved by only one place.

The big­gest change was by Bri­tain’s Ox­ford Univer­sity, which climbed three spots from 10th to sev­enth.

Prince­ton Univer­sity was sixth again, with an­other three United States in­sti­tu­tions – the Cal­i­for­nia In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy, Columbia Univer­sity and the Univer­sity of Chicago in places eight to 10.

The rank­ing, which was launched in 2003, has gen­er­ated con­tro­versy in the past for what crit­ics say is stress­ing sci­ence over the hu­man­i­ties in its grad­ing.

The rank­ings use “ob­jec­tive indi­ca­tors”, in­clud­ing the num­ber of staff and alumni win­ning Nobel Prizes and Fields Medals, and ar­ti­cles pub­lished in the jour­nals of Na­ture and Sci­ence.

In the Asia-Pa­cific re­gion, the Univer­sity of Tokyo was top at num­ber 20.

The Swiss Fed­eral In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy in Zurich was the high­es­tranked en­try from Europe. –

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