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ShanghaiRanking’s Academic Ranking of World Universities 2021 Press Release
Sunday, August 15, 2021 From: Shanghai, People's Republic of China
The 2021 Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) is released today by ShanghaiRanking Consultancy. Since 2003, ARWU has been presenting the world's top universities annually based on transparent methodology and objective third-party data. It has been recognized as the precursor of global university rankings and the most trustworthy one. This year, more than 2000 institutions were scrutinized, and the best 1000 universities in the world are published.
Harvard University tops the ranking list for the 19th year. Stanford University and the University of Cambridge remain at the No. 2 and No. 3 seats. Other Top 10 universities are MIT (4th), Berkeley (5th), Princeton (6th), Oxford (7th), Columbia (8th), Caltech (9th), and Chicago (10th).
In Continental Europe, Paris-Saclay University (13th) rises one position, remaining at the best position, followed by ETH Zurich (21th). Among Asian universities, The University of Tokyo (24th) keeps its leading position. Tsinghua University (28th) moves up one position, holding on to the second-best place in Asia. The University of Melbourne (33th) tops of other universities in Oceania for eleven consecutive years since 2011.
Two European universities move up into the Top 50. The University of Munich from Germany ranked 48th, up from 51st last year, and Utrecht University from Netherlands rises two places to 50th. Three universities enter into the Top 100 list, including Sun Yat-sen University (89th) from Chinese Mainland, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem (90th), and Technion-Israel Institute of Technology (94th) from Israel. Sun Yat-sen University has made the first-ever appearances in the Top 100. There are seven new entrants from Asia and Oceania appearing on the Top 500 list. 38 universities enter into Top 1000 for the first time.

TOP 100 Universities in ARWU 2021

2021 Rank 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12

2020 Rank Institution

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Harvard University

2

Stanford University

3

University of Cambridge

4

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

5

University of California, Berkeley

6

Princeton University

9

University of Oxford

7

Columbia University

8

California Institute of Technology

10

University of Chicago

11

Yale University

12

Cornell University

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2021 Rank 13

2020 Rank Institution

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Paris-Saclay University

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13

University of California, Los Angeles

15

19

University of Pennsylvania

16

15

Johns Hopkins University

17

16

University College London

18

18

University of California, San Diego

19

16

University of Washington

20

21

University of California, San Francisco

21

20

ETH Zurich

22

23

University of Toronto

23

23

Washington University in St. Louis

24

26

The University of Tokyo

25

25

Imperial College London

26

22

University of Michigan-Ann Arbor

27

27

New York University

28

29

Tsinghua University

29

30

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

30

33

University of Copenhagen

31

32

University of Wisconsin - Madison

32

27

Duke University

33

35

The University of Melbourne

34

30

Northwestern University

35

39

Sorbonne University

35

36

The University of Manchester

37

34

Kyoto University

38

36

PSL University

38

42

The University of Edinburgh

40

40

University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

41

41

The University of Texas at Austin

42

45

Karolinska Institute

42

43

Rockefeller University

42

38

University of British Columbia

45

49

Peking University

46

44

University of Colorado at Boulder

47

47

King's College London

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2021 Rank 48

2020 Rank Institution

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The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas

48

51

University of Munich

50

52

Utrecht University

51

54

The University of Queensland

52

54

Technical University of Munich

52

58

Zhejiang University

54

56

University of Zurich

55

45

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

56

53

University of Maryland, College Park

57

57

Heidelberg University

57

49

University of California, Santa Barbara

59

63

Shanghai Jiao Tong University

60

59

University of Geneva

61

60

University of Oslo

61

61

University of Southern California

63

73

University of Science and Technology of China

64

69

University of Groningen

65

74

The University of New South Wales

65

62

Vanderbilt University

67

78

McGill University

67

67

The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center

69

74

University of Sydney

70

69

University of California, Irvine

71

69

Aarhus University

71

66

Ghent University

73

65

University of Paris

74

69

Stockholm University

75

80

National University of Singapore

76

67

The Australian National University

77

100

Fudan University

78

64

University of Bristol

78

77

Uppsala University

80

85

Monash University

81

91

Nanyang Technological University

82

74

University of Helsinki

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Denmark Belgium France Sweden Singapore Australia China United Kingdom Sweden Australia Singapore Finland

2021 Rank 83

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Leiden University

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83

Nagoya University

84

87

University of Bonn

86

79

Purdue University - West Lafayette

87

97

KU Leuven

87

88

University of Basel

89

101-150 Sun Yat-sen University

90

101-150 The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

91

83

Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne

92

98

McMaster University

92

93

Weizmann Institute of Science

94

101-150 Technion-Israel Institute of Technology

95

90

Boston University

96

85

The University of Western Australia

97

95

Carnegie Mellon University

97

93

Moscow State University

97

88

University of Florida

100

91

University of California, Davis

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Universities from the United States dominate this year’s Top 1000 list with 40 universities among the Top 100, 129 among the Top 500, and 200 among the Top 1000. The United Kingdom has 65 Top 1000 universities, and 38 of them are listed in the Top 500, 8 are listed in the Top 100.
Germany has four universities ranked in the Top 100, namely the University of Munich (LMU Munich, 48th), Technical University of Munich (TUM, 52th), Heidelberg University (Heidelberg, 57th), and University of Bonn (Bonn, 84th). It is worth mentioning that LMU Munich, TUM, and Heidelberg have been selected as Universities of Excellence under the Excellence Initiative since 2006/2007, and Bonn was selected first time as Universities of Excellence in 2019.
French universities maintain their competitive performance in this year’s league table, 30 of which are ranked in the Top 1000, 17 universities are ranked in the Top 500. Under the Initiatives of Excellence (Initiatives D’Excellence), ParisSaclay (13th), Sorbonne (35th), PSL (38th), and University of Paris (73th) hold four positions in the Top 100.
China has 180 universities ranked in the Top 1000, including 84 Top 500 universities, 7 Top 100 universities. The number of universities from Chinese Mainland continues to grow. Most of the listed universities are supported by the “Double World-Class Project” (World-Class Universities and World-Class Subjects Project).
The complete list and detailed methodologies can be found at ShanghaiRanking’s website www.shanghairanking.com/rankings/arwu/2021.
Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU): Starting from 2003, ARWU has been presenting the world's top universities annually based on a set of objective indicators and third-party data. ARWU has been recognized as the precursor of global university rankings and the most trustworthy league table. ARWU adopts six objective indicators to rank world universities, including the number of alumni and staff winning Nobel Prizes and Fields Medals, the number of articles published in journals of Nature and Science, and Clarivate data including the number of Highly Cited Researchers™, articles indexed in Science Citation Index Expanded™ and Social Sciences Citation Index™ in the Web

of Science™ and per capita performance. More than 2000 universities are ranked by ARWU every year, and the best

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