Where are the world's top universities? Interactive maps comparing three rankings: ARWU, THE and QS

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This series of interactive maps shows the highest ranked university in each country according to the three major rankings of world universities. In addition it also maps countries with the highest nr of top 200 universities per million population, which is topped by Switzerland and the Netherlands in both the ARWU and THE rankings.

  • Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU): published by Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China. It uses six indicators, including nr of alumni and staff winning Nobel Prizes and Fields Medals, nr of highly cited researchers, nr of articles published in Nature and Science, nr of articles indexed in Science Citation Index, and per capita performance with respect to institution size.
  • QS (Quacquarelli Symonds) World University Rankings: includes Academic peer review (40%), Recruiter review (10%), Faculty student ratio (20%), Citations per faculty (20%) and International orientation (10%)
  • Times Higher Education World University Rankings (THE): includes 13 separate indicators under 5 categories: Teaching (30%), research (30%), citations (research impact) (32.5%), international mix (5%), and industry income (2.5%).

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