University of California, Berkeley.
RankInstitutionARWUQSTHEUSNWRAverage World Rank
1University of California, Berkeley ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ5307411.5
2ETH Zรผrich ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ206142616.5
3University of California, Los Angeles ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ1336151319.25
4University of Michigan ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ2221221720.5
5University of Toronto ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ 2325181720.75
6Tsinghua University ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ณ 2915202823
7University of Washington ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ 167229831.25
8University of California, San Diego ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ1854332131.5
9University of Melbourne ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ 3541312533
10Peking University ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ณ 4923235136.5
11University of British Columbia ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ 3845343137
12University of Tokyo ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ต 2624367339.75
13University of Wisconsin – Madison ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ 3265494146.75
14=LMU Munich ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช 5163324648
14=University of Sydney ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ 7440512748
16University of Texas at Austin ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ 4171443848.5
17=Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL) ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ8314435849.5
17=University of Queensland ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ5446623649.5
19McGill University ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ 7831405150
20=Heidelberg University ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช 5764425454.25
20=University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ 3095563654.25
22=Australian National University ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ6731596455.25
22=Technical University of Munich ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช5450417655.25
24University of Copenhagen ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐ 3376843456.75
25University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ 4582486058.75
26University of New South Wales ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ 7444675159
27Kyoto University ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ต 34385412562.75
28=Monash University ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ8555644863
28=Sorbonne University ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท3983874363
30University of Zรผrich ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ5669736265
31University of Amsterdam ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ 10161664067
32Georgia Institute of Technology ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ 10180386671.25
33=Chinese University of Hong Kong ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡ฐ 10143569573.75
33=University of Hong Kong ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡ฐ15122398373.75
35Utrecht University ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ 52121755475.5
36University of California, Santa Barbara ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ 49152685681.25
37Seoul National University ๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ท 101376012981.75
38Shanghai Jiao Tong University ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ณ 634710012283
39University of California, Davis ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ 91112646683.25
40Ohio State University ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ 101108804583.5
41Purdue University ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ 79109945383.75
42Zhejiang University ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ณ 58539413585
43University of Minnesota ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ 40177854787.25
44University of Maryland, College Park ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ 53152906088.75
45University of Helsinki ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ74104988690.5
46=Fudan University ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ณ 100347016091
46=Leiden University ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ80128708691
48University of Groningen ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ 69128809292.25
49University of Science and Technology of China ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ณ73938712494.25
50Ghent University ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ช 661351038597.25

This is a ranking of the top 50 public universities in the world ranked relative to each other by average world rank for the year 2020-2021. A “public university” is a university which is (1) publicly funded and (2) publicly owned. Thus, for example, no U.K. universities are eligible for this list.

The ranking was created by using metadata sourced from the four prominent rankings of world universities (each ranking released in 2020): Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU), Quacquarelli Symonds (QS), Times Higher Education (THE), and U.S. News & World Report (USNWR).

Rank was checked on each list for every public university in the world ranked on each of the lists. Then, for each university, all its rank placements were averaged across lists to create the new list of average ranking for each university. The universities were then ranked according to their average ranking. The university with the highest average is thus ranked 1st, the one with the second highest average 2nd, and so on. 

Finally, the results were tabled, as shown above. The leftmost column shows the final relative placement (relative placement based on average rank, i.e.), the โ€œinstitutionโ€ column shows the institution ranked along with the flag of the country in which it is located, the next four rightward columns (ARWU, QS, THE, USNWR) show the rank for each given institution in each of those selected world rankings, and the rightmost column (โ€œAverage World Rankโ€) averages the four ranking listsโ€™ rank placement for each university.ย 

Some observations โ€”

  • All of the top 50 public universities in the world rank on average within the top 100 universities โ€” public or private โ€” in the world.
  • There are 14 countries represented on the list.
  • The 1st most represented region is North America, with 19 universities.
  • The 2nd most represented region is Europe, with 14 universities.
  • The 3rd most represented region is Asia, with 11 universities.
  • The 4th most represented region is Oceania, with 6 universities.
  • The 1st most represented country overall is the U.S., with 16 universities.
  • The 2nd most represented countries overall are Australia and China, each with 6 universities.
  • The 3rd most represented country overall is the Netherlands, with 4 universities.
  • The next most represented countries are in order as follows: Canada and Switzerland (each with 3), Hong Kong and Japan (each with 2), and Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, and South Korea (each with 1).
  • The most represented countries within the top 10 are the U.S. (with 5) and China (with 2).
  • The list which best predicts the summed average is USNWR.
  • The list which worst predicts the summed average is QS.

If anything appears to be in error, please email me at tuulifunctional@snmcgannon.com.

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