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The Top 100 Global Universities
Newsweek International

Aug. 13, 2006 - In response to the same forces that have propelled the world economy toward global integration, universities have also become more self-consciously global: seeking students from around the world who represent the entire spec­ trum of cultures and values, sending their own students abroad to prepare them for global careers, offering courses of study that address the challenges of an inter­ connected world and collaborative research programs to advance science for the benefit of all humanity. To capture these developments, NEWSWEEK devised a ranking of global universities that takes into account openness and diversity, as well as distinction in research.

We evaluated schools on some of the measures used in well-known rankings published by Shanghai Jiaotong University and the Times of London Higher Education Survey. Fifty percent of the score came from equal parts of three measures used by Shanghai Jiatong: the number of highly-cited researchers in various academic fields, the number of articles published in Nature and Science, and the number of articles listed in the ISI Social Sciences and Arts & Humanities indices. Another 40 percent of the score came from equal parts of four measures used by the Times: the percentage of international faculty, the percentage of international students, citations per faculty member (using ISI data), and the ratio of faculty to students. The final 10 percent came from library holdings (number of volumes).

Here is our ranking:

1. Harvard University   
2. Stanford University   
3. Yale University   
4. California Institute of Technology   
5. University of California at Berkeley   
6. University of Cambridge   
7. Massachusetts Institute Technology    
8. Oxford University   
9. University of California at San Francisco   
10. Columbia University   
11. University of Michigan at Ann Arbor   
12. University of California at Los Angeles   
13. University of Pennsylvania   
14. Duke University   
15. Princeton Universitty   
16. Tokyo University   
17. Imperial College London   
18. University of Toronto   
19. Cornell University   
20. University of Chicago   
21. Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich   
22. University of Washington at Seattle   
23. University of California at San Diego   
24. Johns Hopkins University   
25. University College London
26. Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne   
27. University Texas at Austin   
28. University of Wisconsin at Madison   
29. Kyoto University   
30. University of Minnesota Twin Cities   
31. University of British Columbia   
32. University of Geneva   
33. Washington University in St. Louis   
34. London School of Economics   
35. Northwestern University   
36. National University of Singapore   
37. University of Pittsburgh   
38. Australian National University   
39. New York University   
40. Pennsylvania State University   
41. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill   
42. McGill University   
43. Ecole Polytechnique   
44. University of Basel   
45. University of Maryland   
46. University of Zurich   
47. University of Edinburgh   
48. University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign   
49. University of Bristol   
50. University of Sydney   
51. University of Colorado at Boulder   
52. Utrecht University   
53. University of Melbourne   
54. University of Southern California   
55. University of Alberta   
56. Brown University   
57. Osaka University   
58. University of Manchester   
59. University of California at Santa Barbara   
60. Hong Kong University of Science and Technology   
61. Wageningen University   
62. Michigan State University   
63. University of Munich   
64. University of New South Wales   
65. Boston University   
66. Vanderbilt University   
67. University of Rochester   
68. Tohoku University   
69. University of Hong Kong   
70. University of Sheffield   
71. Nanyang Technological University   
72. University of Vienna   
73. Monash University   
74. University of Nottingham   
75. Carnegie Mellon University   
76. Lund University   
77. Texas A&M University   
78. University of Western Australia   
79. Ecole Normale Super Paris   
80. University of Virginia   
81. Technical University of Munich   
82. Hebrew University of Jerusalem   
83. Leiden University   
84. University of Waterloo   
85. King's College London   
86. Purdue University   
87. University of Birmingham   
88. Uppsala University   
89. University of Amsterdam   
90. University of Heidelberg   
91. University of Queensland   
92. University of Leuven   
93. Emory University   
94. Nagoya University   
95. Case Western Reserve University   
96. Chinese University of Hong Kong   
97. University of Newcastle   
98. Innsbruck University   
99. University of Massachusetts at Amherst   
100. Sussex University

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