The new ranking of the most outstanding universities in the world

Students from the Harvard University School of Public Health in Cambridge, Massachusetts, during the graduation ceremony (REUTERS / Brian Snyder / File photo) (BRIAN SNYDER /)

the american magazine U.S. News & World Report published his ninth ranking annual of the best universities of the world by 2022.

The list includes more than 2,000 universities from 95 countries. The methodology used seeks to reflect the general academic impact of universities in multiple disciplines, evaluating metrics such as the reputation of the researchthe publications of powers and cooperation international. The ranking is prepared together with Clarivate, an information consultancy.

“The methodology focuses entirely on the reputation and results of research from an academic institution”, explains the website of the site. “Universities became eligible to be placed in the overall ranking if they placed in the top 250 schools evaluated in a global reputation survey or published at least 1,250 articles between 2016 and 2020.”

This year, China surpassed for the first time USA by number of universities in the ranking, with 338 academic institutions vs. 280. However, the academic institutions of the North American country continue to lead the list, with 8 universities in the top ten

A graduation ceremony at Tsinghua University in Beijing, considered the best in Asia (REUTERS / Tingshu Wang)
A graduation ceremony at Tsinghua University in Beijing, considered the best in Asia (REUTERS / Tingshu Wang) (TINGSHU WANG /)

Like last year, also in the top 20 this year there are 15 universities USAfour of United Kingdom and one of Canada.

Once again, the Harvard University reached first place in the general ranking. The first five are in the same order as last year, with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), the Stanford University in California, the University of California-Berkeley and the Oxford University from the UK following Harvard, in that order.

Further down the list there were some changes compared to the previous year. The University of Washington in Seattle moved up a notch this year, from No. 7 to No. 6, switching places with the columbia university In New York.

The best 10 universities in the world:

1) Harvard University (USA)

two) Massachusetts Institute of Technology (USA)

3) Stanford University (USA)

4) University of California-Berkeley (USA)

5) University of Oxford (UK)

6) University of Washington–Seattle (USA)

7) Columbia University (USA)

8) University of Cambridge (UK)

9) California Institute of Technology (USA)

10) Johns Hopkins University (USA)

The University of California—San Francisco dropped from its place of 11th in the overall rankings last year to a tie for 16th this year, and the University of Pennsylvania dropped two places from 13th to 15th. University of Chicagoranked 15th overall last year, is no longer in the top 20 after falling to 22nd. University of Torontowhich tied for 16th last year, is now ranked 18th.

Several other schools moved up the overall rankings, including the Yale University in Connecticut, which went from 12th to 11th place, and the London University College of the United Kingdom that went from position 16 to 12. The University of California—San Diego moved up one spot to reach the top 20.

In addition to China and the United States, the countries with the most universities on the list are Japan (105), United Kingdom (92) and India (81). The complete ranking can be seen at this link.

A student walks across a lawn outside All Souls College at the University of Oxford, ahead of the new academic year (REUTERS/Toby Melville/File photo)
A student walks across a lawn outside All Souls College at the University of Oxford, ahead of the new academic year (REUTERS/Toby Melville/File Photo) (TOBY MELVILLE/)

U.S. News & World Report It also includes the rankings of 47 specific subjectswhich assess the quality of a university’s research in a particular field of study.

This year’s edition added four new thematic rankings: artificial intelligence; education and educational research; meteorology and atmospheric sciences; and water resources.

A total of 17,200 universities were cited in one of the 47 subjects, 1,550 more than the previous year. 15.7% are in China and 20.2% in the US Only one academic institution in the world made it into the rankings for all subjects: monash university in Australia, which achieved the same feat last year.

Latin America

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105 universities in the region were included in the ranking. Nevertheless, none made it into the top 100.

At the regional level, among the first ten there are 6 Brazilians, 2 Chileans, 1 Mexican and 1 Argentine.


1) University of Sao Paulo (Brazil)

two) State University of Campinas (Brazil)

3) Pontifical Catholic University of Chile (Chile)

4) University of Chile (Chile)

5) National Autonomous University of Mexico (Mexico)

6) Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)

7) University of Buenos Aires (Argentina)

8) Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (Brazil)

9) Federal University of Minas Gerais (Brazil)

10) Paulista State University (Brazil)

Other regional rankings

The best universities in Asia, Oceania, Europe Y Africa They are the same as last year.

In the ranking of Asiathe Tsinghua University of Beijing ranks first, while the University of Cape Town claimed that honor for the ranking of Africa. The University of Melbourne is the leader in the ranking of Australia Y New Zealand. First place in Europe is for the Oxford University.


1) Tsinghua University (China)

two) National University of Singapore

3) Nanyang Technological University (Singapore)


1) University of Cape Town (South Africa)

two) University of the Witwatersrand (South Africa)

3) Stellenbosch University (South Africa)

Australia/New Zealand

1) University of Melbourne (Australia)

two) University of Sydney

3) University of Queensland (Australia)


1) University of Oxford (UK)

two) University of Cambridge (UK)

3) London University College (UK)

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