Academic Ranking of World Universities

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Academic Ranking of World Universities
Academic Ranking of World Universities logo.png
Categories Higher education
Frequency Annual
Publisher Shanghai Ranking Consultancy (2009–present)
Shanghai Jiao Tong University (2003–2008)
Country  China
Language Ten languages with English & Chinese
Website www.shanghairanking.com

Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU), also known as Shanghai Ranking, is an annual publication of university rankings by Shanghai Ranking Consultancy.[1] The league table was originally compiled and issued by Shanghai Jiaotong University in 2003, the first global ranking with multifarious indicators,[2] after which a board of international advisories was established to provide suggestions.[3][4] The publication currently includes world's overall and subject league tables, alongside independent regional Greater China Ranking and Macedonian HEIs Ranking. ARWU is regarded as one of the three most influential and widely observed university measures, alongside QS World University Rankings and Times Higher Education World University Rankings.[5][6][7][8] It is praised for its objective methodology but draws some condemnation for narrowly focusing on raw research power, undermining humanities and quality of instruction.[5][7][9]

Global rankings[edit]

Overall[edit]

Methodology[edit]

ARWU methodology[10]
Criterion Indicator Code Weighting Source
Quality of education
Alumni
  • 10%
Official websites of Nobel Laureates & Fields Medalists[Note 1]
Quality of faculty
  • Staff as Nobel Laureates & Fields Medalists
  • Highly cited researchers in 21 broad subject categories
Award
HiCi
  • 20%
  • 20%
Official websites of Nobel Laureates & Fields Medalists[Note 1]
Thomson Reuters' survey of highly cited researchers[Note 1]
Research output
  • Papers published in Nature and Science[* 1]
  • Papers indexed in Science Citation Index-expanded and Social Science Citation Index
N&S
PUB
  • 20%
  • 20%
Citation index
Per capita performance
  • Per capita academic performance of an institution
PCP
  • 10%
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*
  1. ^ Not applicable to institutions specialized in humanities and social sciences whose N&S scores are relocated to other indicators.

Reception[edit]

ARWU is praised by several media and institutions for its methodology and influence. A survey on higher education published by The Economist in 2005 commented ARWU as "the most widely used annual ranking of the world's research universities."[11] In 2010, The Chronicle of Higher Education called ARWU "the best-known and most influential global ranking of universities".[12] EU Research Headlines reported the ARWU's work on 31 December 2003: "The universities were carefully evaluated using several indicators of research performance."[13] Chancellor of University of Oxford, Chris Patten and former Vice-Chancellor of Australian National University, Ian Chubb, said: "the methodology looks fairly solid ... it looks like a pretty good stab at a fair comparison." and "The SJTU rankings were reported quickly and widely around the world… (and they) offer an important comparative view of research performance and reputation." respectively.[14] Philip G. Altbach named ARWU's 'consistency, clarity of purpose, and transparency' as significant strengths.[15] Whilst ARWU has originated in China, the ranking have been praised for being unbiased towards Asian institutions.[16]

Criticism[edit]

Like all other rankings, ARWU has criticism. It is condemned for "relying too much on award factors" thus undermining the importance of quality of instruction and humanities.[5][7][17][18] A 2007 paper published in the journal Scientometrics found that the results from the Shanghai rankings could not be reproduced from raw data using the method described by Liu and Cheng.[19] A 2013 paper in the same journal finally showed how the Shanghai ranking results could be reproduced.[20] In a report from April 2009, J-C. Billaut, D. Bouyssou and Ph. Vincke analyse how the ARWU works, using their insights as specialists of Multiple Criteria Decision Making (MCDM). Their main conclusions are that the criteria used are not relevant; that the aggregation methodology has a number of major problems; and that insufficient attention has been paid to fundamental choices of criteria.[21] The ARWU researchers themselves, N.C Liu and Y Cheng, think that the quality of universities cannot be precisely measured by mere numbers and any ranking must be controversial. They suggest that university and college rankings should be used with caution and their methodologies must be understood clearly before reporting or using the results. ARWU has been criticised by the European Commission as well as some EU member states for "favour[ing] Anglo-Saxon higher education institutions". For instance, ARWU is repeatedly criticised in France, where it triggers an annual controversy, focusing on its ill-adapted character to the French academic system[22][23] and the unreasonable weight given to research often performed decades ago.[24] It is also criticised in France for its use as a motivation for fusing universities into larger ones.[25] Indeed, number of publications or award winners will mechanically add as universities are grouped, independently of research (or teaching) quality.

Results[edit]

Academic Ranking of World Universities (500) – Top 50[26][Note 2]
Institution 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
United StatesHarvard University 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
United StatesStanford University 2 2 3 3 2 2 2 3 2 2 2 2 2 2
United StatesUniversity of California, Berkeley 4 4 4 4 3 3 3 2 4 4 3 4 4 3
United KingdomUniversity of Cambridge 5 3 2 2 4 4 4 5 5 5 5 5 5 4
United StatesMassachusetts Institute of Technology 6 5 5 5 5 5 5 4 3 3 4 3 3 5
United StatesPrinceton University 7 7 8 8 8 8 8 7 7 7 7 6 6 6
United KingdomUniversity of Oxford 9 8 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 9 10 7
United StatesCalifornia Institute of Technology 3 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 7 7 8
United StatesColumbia University 10 9 7 7 7 7 7 8 8 8 8 8 8 9
United StatesUniversity of Chicago 11 10 9 8 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 10

Alternative[edit]

As it may take much time for rising universities to produce Nobel laureates and Fields Medalists with numbers comparable to those of older institutions, the Institute created alternative rankings excluding such award factors so as to provide another way of comparisons of academic performance. The weighting of all the other factors remains unchanged, thus the grand total of 70%.

Alternative Rankings (500) – Top 50[Note 2]
Institution 2014[27] 2015[28]
United StatesHarvard University 1 1
United StatesStanford University 2 2
United StatesMassachusetts Institute of Technology 4 3
United StatesUniversity of California, Berkeley 3 4
United StatesCalifornia Institute of Technology 5 5
United KingdomUniversity of Oxford 6 6
United KingdomUniversity of Cambridge 8 7
United StatesUniversity of California, San Diego 7 8
United StatesUniversity of Washington 10 9
United StatesYale University 9 10

Subject[edit]

There are two categories in ARWU's disciplinary rankings, broad subject fields and specific subjects. The methodology is similar to that adopted in the overall table, including award factors, paper citation, and the number of highly cited scholars.

Broad fields[29] Specific subjects[30]
Natural sciences and mathematics Mathematics
Computer science and engineering Physics
Life and agricultural sciences Chemistry
Clinical medicine and pharmacy Computer science
Social sciences Economics and business

Regional rankings[edit]

Considering the development of specific areas, two independent regional league tables with different methodologies were launched.

Greater China[edit]

Methodology[edit]

Methodology of Greater China Rankings[31][Note 2]
Criterion Indicator Weight
Education
  • Percentage of graduate students
  • Percentage of non-local students
  • Ratio of academic staff to students
  • Doctoral degrees awarded
  • Alumni as Nobel Laureates & Fields Medalists
  • 5%
  • 5%
  • 5%
  • 10%
  • 10%
Research
  • Annual research income
  • Nature & Science Papers
  • SCIE & SSCI papers
  • International patents
  • 5%
  • 10%
  • 10%
  • 10%
Faculty
  • Percentage of academic staff with a doctoral degree
  • Staff as Nobel Laureates and Fields Medalists
  • Highly cited researchers
  • 5%
  • 10%
  • 10%
Resources
  • Annual budget
  • 5%

Results[edit]

Greater China Rankings (100) – Top 10[Note 2][32]
Institution 2011 2012 2013 2014
ChinaTsinghua University 1 1 1 1
TaiwanNational Tsing Hua University 4 3 3 2
TaiwanNational Taiwan University 1 2 2 3
Hong KongThe Hong Kong University of Science & Technology 5 4 7 4
ChinaPeking University 7 7 5 5
Hong KongThe University of Hong Kong 3 6 4 6
Hong KongThe Chinese University of Hong Kong 6 5 6 7
ChinaUniversity of Science & Technology of China 9 11 10 8
TaiwanNational Chiao Tung University 8 8 8 9
ChinaZhejiang University 10 9 9 10

Republic of Macedonia[edit]

Methodology[edit]

Methodology of rankings of Macedonian higher educational institutions[33][Note 3]
Criterion Indicator Weight
Teaching and learning
  • Percentage of incoming students who participated in state matura examination
  • Average score of incoming students in state matura examination
  • Percentage of foreign students
  • Academic staff / undergraduate students ratio
  • Proportion of academic staff with the highest degree
  • Proportion of academic staff with 1 year or above foreign work experience
  • Proportion of students with academic scholarships from Ministry of Education and Science
  • Institutional income per student
  • Spending on library resources per student
  • Spending on IT infrastructure and equipment per student
  • Proportion of undergraduates who graduated within regular time
  • Proportion of undergraduates with 3 months or above foreign study/practical experience under the state-level agreements
  • Employment rate of undergraduates
  • 5%
  • 5%
  • 5%
  • 4%
  • 8%
  • 6%
  • 6%
  • 2%
  • 1%
  • 1%
  • 1%
  • 2%
  • 4%
Research
  • Total research income per academic staff
  • Research income from the Ministry of Education & Science per academic staff
  • Papers published in peer reviewed journals per academic staff
  • Papers indexed by Web of Science per academic staff
  • Books published per academic staff
  • Numbers of doctorates granted per academic staff
  • 4%
  • 6%
  • 6%
  • 10%
  • 4%
  • 6%
Social service
  • Research income from industry per academic staff
  • Patents issued per academic staff
  • 6%
  • 8%

Results[edit]

Macedonian HEIs Rankings (20) – Top 10[Note 2][34][35]
Institution 2011–12 2013–14
Ss. Cyril and Methodius University of Skopje 1 1
Goce Delčev University of Štip 3 2
South East European University 2 3
University of Information Science and Technology "St. Paul The Apostle" 5 4
University "Ss. Kliment Ohridski" – Bitola 4 5
University American College Skopje 10 6
International Balkan University 6 7
FON University 11 8
State University of Tetovo 13 9
European University-Republic of Macedonia 7 10

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Official datum sources adopted by ARWU: Nobel Laureate Web, Fields Medalist Web, Thomson Reuters' survey of highly cited researchers & Thomson Reuters' Web of Science.
  2. ^ a b c d e Order shown in accordance with the latest result.
  3. ^ This table shows the latest version which is different from that of the previous year.

References[edit]

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