Ranking of Universities in the English-speaking World (excluding England and the U.S.), 2020-21

This is a ranking of the top 25 universities in the English-speaking world — excluding England and the U.S. — ranked relative to each other by average world rank for the year 2020-2021. For the purposes of this list, the “English-speaking world excluding England and the U.S.” includes those countries which have a native English-speaking population comprising at least 51% of the total population excluding England and the U.S. (51% is an mostly arbitrary percentage that I picked because it seemed to me to be an intuitively reasonable cutoff — of course other valid definitions are entirely possible). For the the purposes of this ranking, the United Kingdom is considered as comprised of 4 distinct countries (of which England is excluded on the ranking). To be entirely clear, I’ll list all the countries considered here: Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Canada, Guyana, New Zealand, Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Scotland, Suriname, and Wales (percentage of native English speakers sourced here).

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 university in the English-speaking world excluding the England and U.S. 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, and are shown below (Table 1.). The leftmost column shows the final relative placement (relative placement based on average rank, i.e.), the “institution” 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 (“Average World Rank”) averages the four ranking lists’ rank placement for each university. 

Some observations —

  • The original ranking which best predicts the summed average is ARWU.
  • The original ranking which most poorly predicts the summed average is QS.
  • The most represented country is Australia, with 11 universities appearing.

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

RankInstitutionARWUQSTHEUSNWRAverage World Rank
1University of Toronto 🇨🇦2325181720.75
2University of Edinburgh 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿4220303030.5
3University of Melbourne 🇦🇺3541312533
4University of British Columbia 🇨🇦3845343137
5University of Sydney 🇦🇺7440512748
6University of Queensland 🇦🇺5446623649.5
7McGill University 🇨🇦7831405150
8Australian National University 🇦🇺6731596455.25
9University of New South Wales 🇦🇺7444675159
10Monash University 🇦🇺8555644863
11University of Western Australia 🇦🇺85921397998.75
12University of Glasgow 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿151779286101.5
13McMaster University 🇨🇦9814469133111
14University of Adelaide 🇦🇺15110611873112
15University of Montreal 🇨🇦15111873140120.5
16University of Alberta 🇨🇦101119131138122.25
17University of Auckland 🇳🇿20181147125138.5
18Trinity College Dublin 🇮🇪151101155244162.75
19University of Technology Sydney 🇦🇺201133160162164
20Cardiff University 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿151159191168167.25
21University of Waterloo 🇨🇦151166201210182
22University of Ottawa 🇨🇦151279145192191.75
23University of Calgary 🇨🇦151246200174192.75
24Curtin University 🇦🇺201217201174198.25
25University of Wollongong 🇦🇺201196201214203
Table 1.

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Ranking of Universities in the Benelux Union, 2020-21

This is a ranking of the top 20 universities in the Benelux Union ranked relative to each other by average world rank for the year 2020-2021. 

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 Benelux Union university ranked on any 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, and are shown below (Table 1.). The leftmost column shows the final relative placement (relative placement based on average rank, i.e.), the “institution” 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 (“Average World Rank”) averages the four ranking lists’ rank placement for each university. 

Some observations —

  • The original ranking which best predicts the summed average is USNWR.
  • The original ranking which most poorly predicts the summed average is THE.
  • No university in Luxembourg places in the top 20 Benelux Union universities.

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

Ranking of Universities in the Benelux Union, 2020-21

RankInstitutionARWUQSTHEUSNWRAverage World Rank
1University of Amsterdam 🇳🇱10161664067
2KU Leuven (Catholic University of Leuven) 🇧🇪9784454868.5
3Utrecht University 🇳🇱52121755475.5
4Leiden University 🇳🇱80128708691
5University of Groningen 🇳🇱69128809292.25
6Ghent University 🇧🇪661351038597.25
7Wageningen University & Research 🇳🇱1511156283102.75
8Erasmus University Rotterdam 🇳🇱801977268104.25
9Delft University of Technology 🇳🇱1515778172114.5
10Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam 🇳🇱10123611680133.25
11Radboud University Nijmegen 🇳🇱101214136103138.5
12Catholic University of Louvain 🇧🇪151189164148163
13Maastricht University 🇳🇱201234121189186.25
14Université libre de Bruxelles 🇧🇪101250201202188.5
15University of Antwerp 🇧🇪301238170212230.25
16Vrije Universiteit Brussel 🇧🇪301200251271255.75
17Eindhoven University of Technology 🇳🇱401120187349264.25
18University of Twente 🇳🇱401197201390297.25
19University of Liege 🇧🇪201451351370343.25
20Tilburg University 🇳🇱601368201490415
Table 1.

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Ranking of Universities in California, 2020-21

This is a ranking of the top 20 California universities ranked relative to each other by average world rank for the year 2020-2021. In this ranking “California universities” is defined as being constituted by any university within the U.S. state of California.

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 California university ranked on any 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, and are shown below (Table 1.). The leftmost column shows the final relative placement (relative placement based on average rank, i.e.), the “institution” column shows the institution ranked, 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 (“Average World Rank”) averages the four ranking lists’ rank placement for each university. 

Some observations —

  • The original ranking which best predicts the summed average is USNWR.
  • The original ranking which most poorly predicts the summed average is ARWU.
  • Both ARWU and USNWR predict the top 10, but in the wrong order.
  • The top 9 California universities are all within the top 100 universities in the world; the top 5 are all within the top 20 universities in the world.

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

Ranking of Universities in California, 2020-21

RankInstitutionARWUQSTHEUSNWRAverage World Rank
1Stanford22232.25
2Caltech84475.75
3Berkeley5307411.5
4UCSF21(NR)(NR)1518
5UCLA1336151319.25
6UC San Diego1854332131.5
7USC61121537076.25
8UC Santa Barbara49152685681.25
9UC Davis91112646683.25
10UC Irvine692109878113.75
11UC Santa Cruz15141620181212.25
12UC Riverside201449251158264.75
13UC Merced401(NR)301693465
14Fresno State(NR)(NR)(NR)494494
15San Diego State401801601614604.25
16University of San Diego(NR)801(NR)(NR)801
17Cal State Fullerton(NR)(NR)(NR)868868
18Cal Poly(NR)(NR)(NR)925925
19Cal State Long Beach(NR)(NR)1001(NR)1001
20SF State(NR)(NR)(NR)10891089
Table 1.

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Ranking of Universities in the German-speaking World, 2020-21

Published Feb. 13, 2021 by S. N. McGannon

This is a ranking of the top 20 universities in the German-speaking world ranked relative to each other by average world rank for the year 2020-2021. In this ranking the “German-speaking world” is defined as being constituted by the following countries: Austria, Germany, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, and Switzerland. Also, this ranking is for universities in the German-speaking world. Thus, even a university whose primary instruction language is not German (ala University of Geneva) is ranked so long as it is physically located within the German-speaking world.

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 university in the German-speaking world ranked on all 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, and are shown below (Table 1.). The leftmost column shows the final relative placement (relative placement based on average rank, i.e.), the “institution” 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 (“Average World Rank”) averages the four ranking lists’ rank placement for each university. 

Please note: Due to historical disputes regarding Nobel prize attribution between Free University of Berlin and Humboldt University of Berlin, neither university appears on ARWU’s ranking. However, both universities rank within the top 130 universities in the world (and even as high as 80) on all the other rankings. Thus, I personally feel this ranking would not adequately represent the top universities in the German-speaking world without these two universities. However, as I could not average their placement between the four rankings, and whereas all other universities appearing on the list could be averaged by placement across all four rankings (as I’ve sometimes waved the requirement that a university rank on all four lists if universities are lacking for that particular list), I have chosen to list Humboldt University of Berlin and Free University of Berlin with their average across the three rankings on which they appear — QS, THE, and USNWR — as unranked in my relative metaranking, but, as ranked in the “Average World Rank” column and thereby placed among the other universities accordingly within my relative ranking (i.e. where they would appear were their average world rank sufficient to rank them). So, Humboldt University of Berlin appears after 6th-place University of Zurich and before 7th-place University of Geneva for the reason that its average world rank (based on those three rankings in which it is ranked) lies between the two. The same procedure has been applied for Free University of Berlin. In this regard, ‘(NR)‘ appears on the list and means “not ranked”.

Some observations —

  • The original ranking which best predicts the summed average is ARWU.
  • The original ranking which most poorly predicts the summed average is THE.
  • The worst prediction is QS’s University of Bonn 240 — 101.25 places greater than its 138.75 average.
  • No list predicts the top 10.
  • The only university to make the list not located in Germany or Switzerland is University of Vienna (Austria).

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

Ranking of Universities in the German-speaking World, 2020-21

RankInstitutionARWUQSTHEUSNWRAverage World Rank
1ETH Zurich (Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich) 🇨🇭206142616.5
2LMU Munich (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München) 🇩🇪5163324648
3Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne)🇨🇭8314435849.5
4Heidelberg University (Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg) 🇩🇪5764425454.25
5Technical University of Munich (Technische Universität München) 🇩🇪5450417655.25
6University of Zurich (Universität Zürich) 🇨🇭5669736265
(NR)Humboldt University of Berlin (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin) 🇩🇪(NR)117808293
7University of Geneva (Université de Genève)🇨🇭5910614996102.5
8University of Bern (Universität Bern)🇨🇭101114109107107.75
9University of Basel (Universität Basel)🇨🇭8814992131115
(NR)Free University of Berlin (Freie Universität Berlin) 🇩🇪(NR)130118111~120
10University of Freiburg (Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg) 🇩🇪10117583168131.75
11University of Bonn (Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn) 🇩🇪87240114114138.75
12=University of Tübingen (Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen) 🇩🇪15117578180146
12=University of Göttingen (Georg-August-Universität Göttingen) 🇩🇪101195130158146
14RWTH Aachen University (Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule Aachen) 🇩🇪201145107184159.25
15University of Lausanne (Université de Lausanne)🇨🇭101169191189162.5
16University of Vienna (Universität Wien) 🇦🇹151150164195165
17Dresden University of Technology (Technische Universität Dresden) 🇩🇪201173152186178
18University of Hamburg (Universität Hamburg) 🇩🇪201228135155179.75
19Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (Karlsruher Institut für Technologie) 🇩🇪201131201197182.5
20University of Cologne (Universität zu Köln) 🇩🇪151282145232202.5
Table 1.

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Ranking of Public Universities in the United States, 2020-21

This is a ranking of the top 20 public universities in the United States ranked relative to each other by average world rank for the year 2020-2021. 

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 United States ranked on all 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, and are shown below (Table 1.). The leftmost column shows the final relative placement (relative placement based on average rank, i.e.), the “institution” column shows the institution ranked, 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 (“Average World Rank”) averages the four ranking lists’ rank placement for each university.

Some observations —

  • The original ranking which best predicts the summed average is THE.
  • The original ranking which most poorly predicts the summed average is QS.
  • The worst prediction is QS’s UC Irvine at 210 — 96.25 places greater than its 113.75 average.
  • 30% of the top 20 public universities in the United States are California universities.
  • The two states which have the highest percentage of top 20 public universities in the United States (at 2 universities each; i.e., 10% each) after California are Michigan (Michigan, Michigan State) and Pennsylvania (Penn State, Pittsburgh).
  • All but 3 universities of the top 20 public universities in the United States average in the top 100 universities — public or private — in the world.

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

Ranking of Public Universities in the United States, 2020-21

RankInstitutionARWUQSTHEUSNWRAverage World Rank
1Berkeley 5307411.5
2UCLA 1336151319.25
3Michigan 2221221720.5
4University of Washington 167229831.25
5UC San Diego 1854332131.5
6Wisconsin – Madison 3265494146.75
7Texas at Austin 4171443848.5
8North Carolina at Chapel Hill 3095563654.25
9Illinois at Urbana-Champaign4582486058.75
10Georgia Tech10180386671.25
11UC Santa Barbara 49152685681.25
12UC Davis 91112646683.25
13Ohio State 101108804583.5
14Minnesota40177854787.25
15Maryland, College Park53152906088.75
16Penn State 1011011147597.75
17Purdue791099411499
18Pittsburgh 9615613343107
19UC Irvine 692109878113.75
20Michigan State 101157105100115.75
Table 1.

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Ranking of Universities in the United States, 2020-21

This is a ranking of the top 20 universities in the United States ranked relative to each other by average world rank for the year 2020-2021.

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 university in the United States ranked on all 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, and are shown below (Figure 1). The leftmost column shows the final relative placement (relative placement based on average rank, i.e.), the “institution” column shows the institution ranked, 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 (“Average World Rank”) averages the four ranking lists’ rank placement for each university. A “=” next to a rank indicates a tied position.

Some observations —

  • The original ranking which best predicts the summed average is THE.
  • The original ranking which most poorly predicts the summed average is QS.
  • The worst prediction is QS’s University of Washington at 72 — approximately 41 places away from its average of 31.25.
  • The most agreed upon rank is Stanford, with ARWU, QS, and THE all ranking it 2nd.
  • 20% of the top 20 universities in the U.S. are California universities (Stanford, Caltech, Berkeley, UCLA, and UC San Diego).

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Ranking of Universities in the United States, 2020-21

RankInstitutionARWUQSTHEUSNWRAverage World Rank
1Harvard13312
2Stanford22232.25
3MIT41523
4Caltech84475.75
5Princeton6129119.5
6Chicago109101511
7Berkeley5307411.5
8Yale111781111.75
9Columbia71917612.25
10=UPenn1916131415.5
10=Johns Hopkins1525121015.5
12Cornell1218192217.75
13UCLA1336151319.25
14Michigan2221221720.5
15Northwestern3029242426.75
16Duke2742202328
17NYU2735262929.25
18University of Washington167229831.25
19UC San Diego1854332131.5
20UW-Madison3265494146.75
Figure 1.

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Ranking of Universities in the non-English Speaking World, 2020-21

This is a ranking of the top 25 universities in the non-English speaking world ranked relative to each other by average world rank for the year 2020. In this ranking the “non-English speaking world” is defined as all countries excluding the U.S., the U.K., Ireland, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand.

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 university in the non-English speaking world ranked on all 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, and are shown below (Figure 1). The leftmost column shows the final relative placement (relative placement based on average rank, i.e.), the “institution” 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 (“Average World Rank”) averages the four ranking lists’ rank placement for each university.

Some observations —

  • No list predicts the top 10.
  • Every list predicts ETH Zurich as 1st.
  • Germany is the most represented country in the top 10, with 3 universities.
  • China is the most represented country overall, with 5 universities.
  • No university outside Europe, China, Singapore, Japan, Hong Kong or South Korea makes the list.

Finally, I want to note that Karolinska Institute (Sweden) averages 43 — good for 6th — between ARWU, THE, and USNWR. However, it is unranked by QS, and is thus left off the ranking. Additionally, Paris Sciences et Lettres University (France) averages ~44 — good for 6th (or 7th if Karolinska Institute is included) — between ARWU, QS, and THE. However, it is unranked by USNWR (though some of its subdivisions are, strangely, individually ranked), and is thus also left off the ranking.

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

Ranking of Universities in the non-English Speaking World, 2020-21

RankInstitutionARWUQSTHEUSNWRAverage World Rank
1ETH Zurich (Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich)🇨🇭206142616.5
2Tsinghua University (清华大学) 🇨🇳 2915202823
3Peking University (北京大学) 🇨🇳4923235136.5
4National University of Singapore 🇸🇬 8011253237
5University of Tokyo (東京大学) 🇯🇵 2624367339.75
6Nanyang Technological University 🇸🇬 9113473847.25
7LMU Munich (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München) 🇩🇪5163324648
8Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne)🇨🇭8314435849.5
9Heidelberg University (Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg) 🇩🇪5764425454.25
10Technical University of Munich (Technische Universität München) 🇩🇪5450417655.25
11University of Copenhagen (Københavns Universitet) 🇩🇰 3376843456.75
12Kyoto University (京都大学) 🇯🇵34385412562.75
13Sorbonne University (Sorbonne Université) 🇫🇷3983874363
14University of Zurich (Universität Zürich)🇨🇭5669736265
15University of Amsterdam (Universiteit van Amsterdam) 🇳🇱10161664067
16Catholic University of Leuven (Katholieke Universiteit te Leuven) 🇧🇪9784454868.5
17University of Hong Kong (香港大學) 🇭🇰15122398373.75
17Chinese University of Hong Kong (香港中文大學) 🇭🇰10143569573.75
19Utrecht University (Universiteit Utrecht) 🇳🇱52121755475.5
20Seoul National University (서울대학교) 🇰🇷101376012981.75
21Shanghai Jiao Tong University (上海交通大学) 🇨🇳634710012283
22Zhejiang University (浙江大学) 🇨🇳58539413585
23University of Helsinki (Helsingin yliopisto) 🇫🇮74104988690.5
24Leiden University (Universiteit Leiden) 🇳🇱80128708691
24Fudan University (复旦大学) 🇨🇳100347016091
Figure 1.

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2020 Ranking of Baltic Universities by Average World Rank

by S N McGannon

This is a ranking of the top universities in the Baltic states ranked relative to each other by average world rank for the year 2020.

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), Times Higher Education (THE), U.S. News & World Report (USNWR), and Quacquarelli Symonds (QS). 

Rank was checked on each list for every Baltic university ranked on any 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, and are shown below (Figure 1). The leftmost column shows the final relative placement (relative placement based on average rank, i.e.), the “institution” 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 (“Average World Rank”) averages the four ranking lists’ rank placement for each university.

Some observations —

  • Only QS predicts the top 10 (though, in the wrong order).
  • For every university in the top 10 ranked by USNWR, USNWR predicts the correct ranking order relative to those universities.
  • All four rankings predict University of Tartu as 1st.
  • ARWU is the worst indicator of Baltic university ranking overall, as it only ranks two Baltic universities at all. However, for those universities it ranks, it does predict the correct relative ranking order.

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

Figure 1.

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2020 Ranking of Australian Universities by Average World Rank

by S N McGannon

This is a ranking of the top universities in Australia ranked relative to each other by average world rank for the year 2020.

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), Times Higher Education (THE), U.S. News & World Report (USNWR), and Quacquarelli Symonds (QS). 

Rank was determined on each list for every Australian university ranked on each list. 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, and are shown below (Figure 1). The leftmost column shows the final relative placement (relative placement based on average rank, i.e.), the “institution” column shows the institution ranked, 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 (“Average World Rank”) averages the four ranking lists’ rank placement for each university.

A couple of observations —

  • ARWU and USNWR predict the top 10, but neither do so in the correct order.
  • Only QS failed to predict University of Melbourne as 1st.

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

Figure 1.

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Ranking of Nordic Universities, 2020

*This ranking is for the year 2020. See the newest, 2021, ranking here: https://snmcgannon.com/2021/10/26/ranking-of-nordic-universities-2021/

RankInstitutionARWUQSTHEUSNWRAverage World Rank
1University of Copenhagen 🇩🇰 3376843456.75
2University of Helsinki 🇫🇮 74104988690.5
3University of Oslo 🇳🇴 601131279097.5
4Uppsala University 🇸🇪 77124111101103.25
5Aarhus University 🇩🇰 69147106105106.75
6Lund University 🇸🇪 1519710399112.5
7Stockholm University 🇸🇪 69181183114136.75
8Technical University of Denmark 🇩🇰 151103187155149
9University of Gothenburg 🇸🇪 101202191135157.25
10KTH Royal Institute of Technology 🇸🇪 20198201205176.25
11University of Bergen 🇳🇴 301194201166215.5
12Chalmers University of Technology 🇸🇪 301139201342245.75
13Aalto University 🇫🇮 401127201264248.25
14Aalborg University 🇩🇰 301305201250264.25
15Norwegian University of Science and Technology 🇳🇴 101360401281285.75
16University of Southern Denmark 🇩🇰 301353251301301.5
17University of Turku 🇫🇮 301287351322315.25
18Umeå University 🇸🇪 401333351322351.75
19Linköping University 🇸🇪 301362401358355.5
20Tampere University 🇫🇮 501409301361393

This is a ranking of the top universities in the Nordic countries ranked relative to each other for the year 2020.

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), Times Higher Education (THE), U.S. News & World Report (USNWR), and Quacquarelli Symonds (QS). 

Rank was determined on each list for every Nordic university ranked on each list. 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, and are shown below. The leftmost column shows rank based on average, the “institution” column shows the institution ranked, the next four rightward columns (ARWU, THE, USNWR, QS) show the rank for each given institution in each of those selected world rankings, and the rightmost column (“Average World”) averages the four ranking lists’ rank placement for each university.

Only universities which were ranked on all four lists are counted. Notably, Karolinska Institute is unranked by QS, otherwise it would have placed 1st. Other universities which would have appeared (had they been ranked by all the rankings) are: Reykjavík University (Iceland) and Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (Sweden).

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

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