TOP 100 Universities in ARWU 2021 by ShanghaiRanking Consultancy

The 2021 Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) is released by ShanghaiRanking Consultancy. Since 2003, ARWU has been introducing the world’s top universities annually dependent on a straightforward approach and objective third-party information. It has been perceived as the forerunner of global university rankings and the most trustworthy one. This year, over 2000 trustworthy were examined, and the best 1000 universities in the world are published.

Harvard University beat the ranking list for the nineteenth year. Stanford University and the University of Cambridge stay at the No. 2 and No. 3 seats. Other Top 10 universities are MIT (fourth), Berkeley (fifth), Princeton (sixth), Oxford (seventh), Columbia (eighth), Caltech (ninth), and Chicago (tenth).

In Continental Europe, Paris-Saclay University (thirteenth) ascents one position, staying at the best position, followed by ETH Zurich (21th). Among Asian universities, The University of Tokyo (24th) keeps its leading position. Tsinghua University (28th) climbs one position, holding on to the second-best spot in Asia. The University of Melbourne (33th) tops of other universities in Oceania for eleven sequential years since 2011.

Two European universities climb into the Top 50. The University of Munich from Germany positioned 48th, up from 51st last year, and Utrecht University from the Netherlands rises two spots to 50th. Three universities go into the Top 100 list, including Sun Yat-sen University (89th) from the Chinese Mainland, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem (90th), and Technion-Israel Institute of Technology (94th) from Israel. Sun Yat-sen University has shown up in the Top 100. There are seven new participants from Asia and Oceania showing up on the Top 500 list. 38 universities enter into Top 1000 for the first time.

TOP 100 Universities in ARWU 2021

2021 Rank2020 RankInstitutionCountry/Region
11Harvard UniversityUnited States
22Stanford UniversityUnited States
33University of CambridgeUnited Kingdom
44Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)United States
55University of California, BerkeleyUnited States
66Princeton UniversityUnited States
79University of OxfordUnited Kingdom
87Columbia UniversityUnited States
98California Institute of TechnologyUnited States
1010University of ChicagoUnited States
1111Yale UniversityUnited States
1212Cornell UniversityUnited States
1314Paris-Saclay UniversityFrance
1413University of California, Los AngelesUnited States
1519University of PennsylvaniaUnited States
1615Johns Hopkins UniversityUnited States
1716University College LondonUnited Kingdom
1818University of California, San DiegoUnited States
1916University of WashingtonUnited States
2021University of California, San FranciscoUnited States
2120ETH ZurichSwitzerland
2223University of TorontoCanada
2323Washington University in St. LouisUnited States
2426The University of TokyoJapan
2525Imperial College LondonUnited Kingdom
2622University of Michigan-Ann ArborUnited States
2727New York UniversityUnited States
2829Tsinghua UniversityChina
2930University of North Carolina at Chapel HillUnited States
3033University of CopenhagenDenmark
3132University of Wisconsin – MadisonUnited States
3227Duke UniversityUnited States
3335The University of MelbourneAustralia
3430Northwestern UniversityUnited States
3539Sorbonne UniversityFrance
3536The University of ManchesterUnited Kingdom
3734Kyoto UniversityJapan
3836PSL UniversityFrance
3842The University of EdinburghUnited Kingdom
4040University of Minnesota, Twin CitiesUnited States
4141The University of Texas at AustinUnited States
4245Karolinska InstituteSweden
4243Rockefeller UniversityUnited States
4238University of British ColumbiaCanada
4549Peking UniversityChina
4644University of Colorado at BoulderUnited States
4747King’s College LondonUnited Kingdom
4848The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at DallasUnited States
4851University of MunichGermany
5052Utrecht UniversityNetherlands
5154The University of QueenslandAustralia
5254Technical University of MunichGermany
5258Zhejiang UniversityChina
5456University of ZurichSwitzerland
5545University of Illinois at Urbana-ChampaignUnited States
5653University of Maryland, College ParkUnited States
5757Heidelberg UniversityGermany
5749University of California, Santa BarbaraUnited States
5963Shanghai Jiao Tong UniversityChina
6059University of GenevaSwitzerland
6160University of OsloNorway
6161University of Southern CaliforniaUnited States
6373University of Science and Technology of ChinaChina
6469University of GroningenNetherlands
6574The University of New South WalesAustralia
6562Vanderbilt UniversityUnited States
6778McGill UniversityCanada
6767The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer CenterUnited States
6974University of SydneyAustralia
7069University of California, IrvineUnited States
7169Aarhus UniversityDenmark
7166Ghent UniversityBelgium
7365University of ParisFrance
7469Stockholm UniversitySweden
7580National University of SingaporeSingapore
7667The Australian National UniversityAustralia
77100Fudan UniversityChina
7864University of BristolUnited Kingdom
7877Uppsala UniversitySweden
8085Monash UniversityAustralia
8191Nanyang Technological UniversitySingapore
8274University of HelsinkiFinland
8380Leiden UniversityNetherlands
8483Nagoya UniversityJapan
8487University of BonnGermany
8679Purdue University – West LafayetteUnited States
8797KU LeuvenBelgium
8788University of BaselSwitzerland
89101-150Sun Yat-sen UniversityChina
90101-150The Hebrew University of JerusalemIsrael
9183Swiss Federal Institute of Technology LausanneSwitzerland
9298McMaster UniversityCanada
9293Weizmann Institute of ScienceIsrael
94101-150Technion-Israel Institute of TechnologyIsrael
9590Boston UniversityUnited States
9685The University of Western AustraliaAustralia
9795Carnegie Mellon UniversityUnited States
9793Moscow State UniversityRussia
9788University of FloridaUnited States
10091University of California, DavisUnited States

Universities from the United States dominate the current 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 positioned in the Top 100, to be specific the University of Munich (LMU Munich, 48th), Technical University of Munich (TUM, 52th), Heidelberg University (Heidelberg, 57th), and University of (Bonn, 84th). It is worth focusing on 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 keep up with their competitive performance in the current year’s league table, 30 of which are ranked in the Top 1000, 17 universities are positioned in the Top 500. Under the Initiatives of Excellence (Initiatives D’Excellence), Paris-Saclay (13th), Sorbonne (35th), PSL (38th), and University of Paris (73th) stand firm on four positions in the Top 100.

China has 180 universities positioned in the Top 1000, including 84 Top 500 universities, 7 Top 100 universities. The number of universities from the Chinese Mainland keeps on developing. Most of the listed universities are supported by the “Double World-Class Project” (World-Class Universities and World-Class Subjects Project).

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