World University Rankings

Top 500 World Universities 2008

Methodology: Institute of Higher Education, Shanghai Jiao Tong University presents an academic ranking of world universities based upon several indicators of academic or research performance, including alumni and staff Nobel Prizes and Fields Medals, highly cited researchers, articles indexed in major citation publications and the per capita academic performance of an institution. For each indicator, the highest scoring institution is assigned a score of 100, and other institutions are calculated as a percentage of the top score.

Top 200 Colleges and Universities in the World

Methodology: 4 International College and Universities’ ( used an exclusive Web ranking popularity mix to obtain this list of top 200 colleges and universities in the world. The ranking is based upon an algorithm including three Web metrics extracted from three different search engines, including Google Page Rank, Yahoo! Inbound Links and Alexa Traffic Rank and updated every six months. Their goal is to provide an approximate popularity ranking of worldwide universities and colleges based solely upon the popularity of their Web sites. This can especially help international students understand foreign college popularity. They currently do not include community colleges, vocational colleges or distance learning organizations. The Web Popularity Ranking is updated every six months.

The THE-QS World University Rankings 2008

The THE – QS World University Rankings were conceived to present a multi-faceted view of the relative strengths of the world’s leading universities. The research yields results on 600 “in the round” and 300 in each of five broad faculty areas. The overall rankings are compiled based in six distinct indicators. Weightings are decided upon by Times Higher Education based on their opinion of the importance of the measured criteria balanced against the effectiveness of the indicator to evaluate the intended measure. This link provides further links to previous rankings dating back to 2005.

60 Best Design Schools in the World 2008

Methodology: 2007 marked BusinessWeek‘s second effort at compiling the best design schools in the world. They tried to highlight the role these schools play in supplying creative managers to corporate and nonprofit organizations. Their list includes design schools that incorporate business, engineering or marketing as an essential element in the mix. BusinessWeek turned to a panel of innovation consultants, design academics, and corporate executives to select programs that have curricula they respect and whose graduates they hire. They then conducted interviews with professors, students, and alumni to narrow down recommendations to a list of the top global 60. You also can view this list as a slide show.

Forbes Best Business Schools 2008

Methodology: This is Forbes‘ fourth biennial ranking of business schools. Their survey ranks schools based on return on investment, meaning compensation five years after graduation minus tuition and the forgone salary during school. Their rankings of business schools are based on the return on investment that graduates of the Class of 2000 received. They sent surveys to 25,000 alumni of 111 M.B.A. programs around the world and heard back from 24 percent. They then adjusted salary figures to account for cost-of-living expenses and discounted the earnings gains, using a rate tied to money market yields. They included non-U.S. schools in this ranking and showcased them in a slide show.

International Graduate Specialty Program Rankings 2008

Methodology: To identify the top international business programs, BusinessWeek used a methodology that included nine measures of student satisfaction, post-graduation outcomes, and academic quality. In addition to surveying students, BusinessWeek polled 618 corporate recruiters for companies that hire thousands of business majors each year. They asked them to report on programs taht turn out the best graduates, and which schools have the most innovative curricula and most effective career services. In the end, 244 recruiters responded, a response rate of about 39 percent. Finally, they created an academic quality gauge of five equally weighted measures. From the schools themselves, they obtained average SAT scores, the ratio of full-time faculty to students, and average class size.

Wall Street Journal’s Executive M.B.A.s 2008

Methodology: To determine each Executive M.B.A. program’s return on investment, WSJ started with 38 schools for their ROI calculation. They separated international and U.S. schools into two groups. They then used data gathered from the graduates’ survey used in the overall E.M.B.A. rankings to determine median salary, median expected or received raise upon E.M.B.A. program completion, and the median percent of tuition paid by employers. Tuition and salary figures were stated in or converted to U.S. dollars.

Financial Times’ International Business School Rankings 2008

Methodology: Financial Times gauged their rankings by aims achieved by alumni, international experience rank, recommends, value and more. The international experience rank was a weighted average of four criteria that measured international exposure. Recommends were gathered from alumni who were asked to name three business schools for recommendations, and value was calculated using the salary earned by current alumni and other factors including research, employment, salary and weighted salaries.

Webometric Ranking of World Universities 2008

Methodology: The “Webometrics Ranking of World Universities” is an initiative of the Cybermetrics Lab, a research group belonging to the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas (CSIC), the largest public research body in Spain. This edition of Webometrics ranks more than 16,000 higher education institutions worldwide and is published two times per year in January and in July. According to their methodology, Web presence measures the activity and visibility of the institutions and it is a good indicator of impact and prestige of universities. Rank summarizes the global performance of the University, provides information for candidate students and scholars, and reflects the commitment to the dissemination of scientific knowledge.

Webometrics Ranking Web of World Research Centers 2009

Methodology: Since 2004, the Ranking Web is published two times (January & July) per year. This ranking has the largest coverage with more than 16,000 Higher Education Institutions worldwide listed in their Directory. Since this ranking began in 2004, the number of institutes has greatly increased so now there are more than 7000 organizations listed in the Directory. This ranking provides a measurement of the activities, results and visibility of the institutions online, which – according to this site – is an indicator of impact and prestige. Rank summarizes the global performance of the institutes and centers, provides information for candidate researchers, and reflects the commitment to the dissemination of scientific knowledge.

Scientific Papers for World Universities 2008

Methodology: This project employs bibliometric methods to analyze and rank the scientific papers performances of the top 500 universities in the world. The universities are selected from information obtained from the Essential Science Indicators (ESI) and sorted by the numbers of published journal articles. Eight indicators are used, and for each indicator the university with the highest number receives the maximum points. You also can view these results by continent and by country.