|1||California Institute of Technology|
|3||University of Cambridge|
|6||Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)|
|7||University of California at Berkeley|
|8||Swiss Federal Institute of Technology – Zurich|
|10||University of California at San Francisco|
|11||University of California at San Diego|
|12||University of Oxford|
|14||University of Toronto|
|15||University of Chicago|
|16||London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine|
|17||International School for Advanced Studies – Trieste|
|18||Swiss Federal Institute of Technology – Lausanne|
|19||Washington University – St. Louis|
|21||Imperial College London|
|23||University of Pennsylvania|
|24||Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa|
This ranking is based on a reanalysis of the data in Academic Ranking of World Universities by Shanghai Jiao Tong University. Since this ranking is based on the number of Nobel Prizes per university, number of highly cited researchers per university, number of papers published in Nature and Science etc. per university, it is biased in favor of large universities. However, the ranking includes an indicator, Score on Size, which is the score divided by the number of full-time equivalent academic staff. If we sort the ranking on this indicator, we get a ranking that is irrespective of size and include smaller, high quality institutions. We will modestly call this list The Best Universities in the World.
Universities in bold would not have been included in the Top 25 if the size of the institutions was not taken into consideration.
Note, for example, the inclusion of two institutions in Italy, the International School for Advanced Study in Trieste (SISSA), and the Scoula Normale Superiore di Pisa on this list. The Scoula Normale Superiore de Pisa was founded by Napoleon, like the more famous Ecole Normale Supérieure de Paris. It is very small and very good.
The Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) is on the list, that is no surprise. But for a small country like Switzerland to have two universities on the list is remarkable. Washington University in St. Louis is ranked as number 19, just above Duke. The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine also does well on this list.