UC Berkeley was rated the No. 3 global university in the latest U.S. News & World Report rankings, released today (Oct. 28). Topping the annual list were Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, while Stanford and Great Britain’s University of Oxford rounded out the top five behind Berkeley.
The “Best Global Universities” rankings 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. While U.S. News has been ranking colleges for 30 years, the 2015 rankings are its first evaluation of higher-education institutions worldwide.
The overall rankings include 500 universities spread out across 49 countries. There are four regional rankings of the top universities in Asia, Australia/New Zealand, Europe and Latin America, as well as country-specific rankings highlighting the top schools in 11 countries, including Canada, China, France, Germany and Italy.
The rankings also feature the top 100 global universities in 21 subject areas, including fields such as economics and business, engineering, computer science and clinical medicine.
For more, see the U.S. News & World Report website.