The University of Zurich has kept its place among the 100 best universities in the world, climbing four places from 58th to 54th in the latest Academic Ranking of World Universities. The University of Zurich also improved its ranking among European universities, from 18th to 16th. UZH’s biggest improvement came in the areas of Highly Cited Researchers, Papers Published in Nature and Science, and Papers indexed in Science Citation Index-expanded and Social Science Citation Index.
In Switzerland, UZH again ranks second-best, ahead of the University of Geneva, which ranks 59th worldwide, EPFL Lausanne (81st) and the University of Basel (96th). ETH Zurich came in at 19th and thus maintained its standing as the best university of mainland Europe.
US institutions dominate the top twenty 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 there is a single indicator that takes into account the size of universities by measuring the publication performance of teaching staff. Due to its methodology the ranking is very controversial. Nevertheless, it is one of the better-known rankings worldwide and enjoys a great response among the general public.