The 2016 Centre for World University Rankings (CWUR) list of the top 1000 universities in the world sadly has no Nigerian University featured in it.
The list, released on Monday, July 11, features 224 US universities, 65 UK universities, 90 Chinese universities and 74 Japanese institutions.
Others are: Germany, 56; France, 48; Italy, 48; Spain, 41; South Korea, 36; Canada, 32; Australia, 27. In Africa, only universities in South Africa and Egypt made the list. South Africa has five, while Egypt has four.
The ranking placed Harvard University, United States, on top as the best higher education institution in the world, followed by Stanford University, also in the U.S. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology, follows closely behind claiming the third spot.
Two universities in the United Kingdom, University of Cambridge and the University of Oxford, are ranked fourth and fifth respectively.
Five other American universities are also ranked within the top 10 – they are Columbia University, sixth position; University of California, Berkley, seventh; University of Chicago, eighth; Princeton University, ninth; and Yale University, 10th.
For South Africa, the five universities and their rankings, according to the CWUR, are: University of Witwatersrand, 176th; University of Cape Town, 265th; Stellenbosch University, 329th; University of KwaZulu-Natal, 468th; and the University of Pretoria, 697th.
The four from Egypt are Cairo University, 771st; Ain Shams University, 960th; Mansoura University, 985th; and Alexandria University, 995th.
Top 10 universities in the world:
- Harvard University – USA (100/100)
- Stanford University – USA (98.25)
- Massachusetts Institute of Technology – USA (97.12)
- University of Cambridge – UK (96.13)
- University of Oxford – UK (95.39)
- Columbia University – USA (94.12)
- University of California, Berkeley – USA (91.35)
- University of Chicago – USA (90.72)
- Princeton University – USA (88.72)
- Yale University – USA (85.83)
The list uses eight “objective and robust” indicators to rank the world’s top 1,000 universities, including alumni employment, and the number of research papers appearing in reputable journals.
CWUR president, Dr Nadim Mahassen, said:
“In 2016, 60 countries – more than ever before – feature in the top 1,000. We hope to see more countries represented in the future.”
The CWUR is the largest and most comprehensive academic ranking of global universities which publishes the only list that measures the quality of education and training of students, as well as the prestige of the faculty members and the quality of their research without relying on surveys or university data submissions.
In addition to its annual rankings, CWUR also provides consultation for governments and universities.