4, Jul, 2018

Isabel Sagenmüller
BY: Isabel Sagenmüller

CWUR’s latest World University Rankings of 1,000 universities is now out, led by Harvard University for the seventh consecutive year.

United States leads CWUR 2018-2019 with eight universities in the Top 10, followed by China with 108 institutions, and then by the United Kingdom, France, and Japan.

Within Latin America, the best-ranked universities are Brazil’s University of São Paulo in place 77, Mexico's National Autonomous University in position 258, and Brazil’s Federal University of Rio de Janeiro in spot 298.

We’d also like to highlight our partners’ rankings: the University of Washington-Seattle in place 19, Australia’s University of Sydney in place 71, and Chilean institutions the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile in position 325, University of Chile (384) and Federico Santa María (384).


The Center for World University Rankings (CWUR) measures seven indicators to produce its list:








Quality of Education, measured by the number of a university’s alumni who have won major international awards, prizes, and medals relative to the total number of students enrolled at the university.






Alumni Employment, measured by the total alumni who have held CEO positions at the world's top companies listed in Forbes Global 2000 relative to the total number of students enrolled at the university.






Quality of Faculty, measured by the amount of academics who have won major international awards, prizes, and medals, including a Nobel Prize.






Research Output, measured by the total number of research papers published in the last ten years.






Quality Publications, measured by the amount of research papers appearing in top-tier journals.






Influence, measured by the quantity of research papers appearing in highly-influential journals.






Citations, measured by the number of highly-cited research papers in other papers.






Unlike the previous six rankings, CWUR enhanced the methodology for the 2018-2019 edition, with research now accounting for 70% of the total score. 

The importance of this ranking is that it does not rely on surveys or information submitted directly by institutions but on verifiable and robust data and indicators, according to CWUR.

Also, this ranking places greater weight on research and education quality rather than on a university’s reputation, an indicator which is given more emphasis in the QS World University Rankings, for example, or its performance in opinion surveys, as in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings.

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About the author

Isabel has more than 10 years of experience developing, leading and executing Marketing and Communication strategies at international level (EMEA, US and LATAM). She has worked for B2B organizations in different sectors such as nutrition, logistics and education. She is bilingual in German and Spanish and fluent in English and French.

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