The University of Zurich has kept its place among the 100 best universities in the world, dropping from 54th to 61st in the latest Academic Ranking of World Universities despite improving in the area Papers Published in Nature and Science. The University of Zurich also ranks 20th among European universities.
In Switzerland, UZH comes in third, behind ETH Zurich and the University of Geneva, but ahead of EPFL Lausanne (78th) and the University of Basel (87th). Maintaining its standing as the best university on mainland Europe, ETH Zurich came in at 19th.
US institutions dominate the top 20 of this ranking, as they do in other major university league tables: Harvard University again tops the list, followed by Stanford University and the University of Cambridge in the UK in second and third place respectively.
The Academic Ranking of World Universities, which has been compiled since 2003, rates more than 1,000 universities worldwide on the basis of factors including the number of Nobel Laureates and Fields Medalists among alumni or employed researchers, papers published in Nature or Science, and Highly Cited Researchers at the university. In addition, a single indicator takes into account the size of universities by measuring the publication performance of teaching staff.