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September 27, 2010

World's Best Universities: U.S. News Media Group Releases 2010 Rankings

3rd annual edition includes 400 institutions worldwide.

World's Best Universities

World's Best Universities

Virginia University

Photo: Rotunda of the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA, USA (April 1943). Photographer: John Collier. Repository: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA.

Harvard University

Photo: Harvard University. Bicycles outside the campus entrance. © UNESCO/Ariane Bailey.

Hong Kong University

Photo: The University of Hong Kong, Main Campus.

U.S. News Media Group today released the third annual edition of the World's Best Universities Rankings.

World's Best Universities rankings, updated annually by U.S. News, are based on the 2010 QS World University Rankings, developed by QS Quacquarelli Symonds, one of the world's leading resources for careers and education.

Following a different methodology and ranking data than the well-known U.S. News Best Colleges rankings, the World's Best Universities rates universities on factors such as the proportion of international faculty and the proportion of international students.


Photo: Radcliffe Camera, Oxford University, Oxford, England.

New York College

Photo: Buffalo State College is offering New York State's first and so far only professional science master's (P.S.M.) degree program in applied mathematics and computation. (Buffalo State College/Bruce A. Fox)

"There's a growing interest among prospective students to attend institutions abroad," said U.S. News Media Group Editor Brian Kelly. "The World's Best Universities rankings help students compare and select the best schools worldwide. In addition, the rankings enable our readers to understand more fully how well American institutions perform when compared with other institutions of higher learning around the world."

"The world is rapidly changing," said Director of Data Research Bob Morse. "More students and faculty are eager to explore the higher education options that exist outside their countries. Universities worldwide are competing for the best and brightest students, the most highly recognized research faculty, and coveted research dollars. And more universities are seeking world-class status to become players on the global academic stage."

World's Best Universities

Photo: Stanford University Campus.

New York College IBM

Photo: (l. to r.) Dean Roger Norton, Marist College, with student Carol Hagedorn, and Jim Corgel, general manager of IBM's academic initiative. IBM has announced an academic cloud that will help colleges integrate technology into their curricula.

Using an in-depth methodology, the World's Best Universities rankings is one of the most comprehensive of its kind, and includes the following rankings: Top 400 Universities Worldwide, Top 50 Asian Universities, Top 50 British and European Universities, Top 20 Canadian Universities, Top 20 Australian and New Zealand Universities and Top 10 Latin American Universities. The listing also includes the Top 100 global rankings in the fields of arts and humanities; engineering and IT; life sciences and biomedicine; natural and physical sciences; and social sciences.

University Student

To determine the 2010 rankings, six distinct indicators of excellence were evaluated, including: Academic Peer Review, Employer Review, Student-to-Faculty Ratio, Proportion of International Faculty, Proportion of International Students, and Citations per Faculty Member.

World's Top 50 Universities

Download the 2010 World University Rankings

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