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U.S. News & World Report Unveils Second Annual Best Global Universities Rankings

2015-10-07 00:01
-- New Edition Includes Expanded Regional, Country and Subject Rankings -

WASHINGTON, Oct. 7, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- U.S. News & World Report, publisher of Best Colleges for more than 30 years, today released the 2016 edition of the Best Global Universities. The rankings help students evaluate higher education options worldwide as well as by region, country and subject. Of the 750 institutions ranked on the overall list, 57 are in mainland China, 11 are in Taiwan and six are in Hong Kong.

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The University of Tokyo, Japan, is the No. 1 school in Asia, followed by Peking University, China, at No. 2 and the National University of Singapore at No. 3. The top 10 schools in Asia are:

1.    University of Tokyo (Japan)
2.    Peking University (China)
3.    National University of Singapore
4.    Tsinghua University (China)
5.    University of Hong Kong
6.    Nanyang Technological University (Singapore)
7.    Kyoto University (Japan)
8.    Fudan University (China)
9.    Seoul National University (South Korea)
10.   Zhejiang University (China)

"Students are increasingly looking outside their own countries for educational opportunities," said Anita Narayan, managing editor of Education at U.S. News. "As international education continues to evolve, U.S. News will be at the forefront of the conversation -- providing comparable information across global institutions and presenting it in bite-sized pieces for students and their families, just as we have done for three decades in the U.S."

The second edition of the Best Global Universities rankings are more comprehensive, including rankings of the top 750 universities -- up from 500 last year -- spread out across 57 countries. U.S. News has published new university rankings of larger countries including India and Brazil, and smaller countries such as Belgium, bringing the total number of country-specific rankings up to 32. The 2016 edition also debuts a regional ranking for Africa, adding to the previous four regional rankings, and features a new subject ranking for arts and humanities, bringing up the total to 22 subject rankings.

The Best Global Universities methodology -- which is based on data and metrics provided by Thomson Reuters InCites™ research analytics solutions -- weighs factors that measure a university's global and regional reputation; academic research performance using bibliometric indicators; and school-level data on faculty and Ph.D. graduates. Each subject ranking has its own, similar methodology.

"We have designed the rankings to be a starting point to help students and their families identify institutions that speak to their specific needs, whether they are planning on staying close to home or traveling abroad for college -- or whether they are seeking a specific academic degree," said Robert Morse, chief data strategist at U.S. News.

U.S. News 2016 Best Global Universities Rankings

Overall Best Global Universities  
1.    Harvard University (U.S.)
2.    Massachusetts Institute of Technology (U.S.)
3.    University of California--Berkley (U.S.)
4.    Stanford University (U.S.)
5.    University of Oxford (U.K.)
6.    University of Cambridge (U.K.) 
7.    California Institute of Technology (U.S.)
8.    University of California--Los Angeles (U.S.)
9.    Columbia University (U.S.)
10.  University of Chicago (U.S.)

1.    Peking University
2.    Tsinghua University
3.    Fudan University
4.    Zhejiang University
5.    University of Science and Technology of China

1.    National Taiwan University
2.    National Tsing Hua University
3.    National Cheng Kung University
4.    National Central University
5.    National Chiao Tung University

Hong Kong  
1.    University of Hong Kong
2.    Chinese University of Hong Kong
3.    Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
4.    City University of Hong Kong
5.    Hong Kong Polytechnic University

About U.S. News & World Report 
U.S. News & World Report is a digital news and information company that empowers people to make better, more informed decisions about important issues affecting their lives. Focusing on Education, Health, Personal Finance, Travel, Cars and News & Opinion, provides consumer advice, rankings, news and analysis to serve people making complex decisions throughout all stages of life. 30 million people visit each month for research and guidance. Founded in 1933, U.S. News is headquartered in Washington, D.C.

Source: U.S. News & World Report
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