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US News & World Report releases inaugural global universities rankings

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US dominates top ten universities worldwide.

U.S. News & World Report, a leading US-based publisher of education analysis and rankings, today unveiled its inaugural Best Global Universities rankings. The US prevails as the global leader among research universities, with many US universities dominating the list of top schools. 

Harvard University claims the No. 1 spot overall, followed by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology at No. 2 and the University of California—Berkeley at No. 3. Of the 500 institutions ranked, 134 are in the US. Germany follows with 42 schools, and the United Kingdom with 38 schools. China makes a strong showing, with 27 schools in the top 500.

"Increasingly, students are enrolling in universities outside of their own countries," said Brian Kelly, editor and chief content officer. "As higher education becomes more global, our new rankings will set standards and allow students to better evaluate all of their options."

The Best Global Universities rankings – which are based on data and metrics provided by Thomson Reuters InCites™ research analytics solutions – focus on institutions' research overall. The methodology 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.

"We wanted to use our 30 years of experience in academic rankings to develop a resource that helps students worldwide easily research and compare schools," said Morse.

2015 U.S. News Best Global Universities Rankings  

Overall Best Global Universities 
1. Harvard University (U.S.)
2. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (U.S.)
3. University of California—Berkeley (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. University of Chicago (U.S.)
10. Columbia University (U.S.)

Best Global Universities in Asia 
1. University of Tokyo (Japan)
2. Peking University (China)
3. University of Hong Kong 
4. National University of Singapore
5. Kyoto University (Japan)

Best Global Universities in Australia/New Zealand 
1. University of Melbourne (Australia)
2. University of Sydney 
3. University of Queensland Australia
4. Australian National University 
5. Monash University (Australia)

Best Global Universities in Europe 
1. University of Oxford (U.K.)
2. University of Cambridge (U.K.)
3. Imperial College London (U.K.)
4. University College London (U.K.)
5. Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (Switzerland)

Best Global Universities in Latin America 
1. Universidade de Sao Paulo (Brazil)
2. Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)
3. Universidade Estadual de Campinas (Brazil)
4. University of Buenos Aires (Argentina)
5. National Autonomous University of Mexico

For the full rankings, click here

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