Students around the globe are increasingly likely to study outside of their own country.
The number of students studying abroad rose from 800,000 in 1975 to 4.5 million in 2012, according to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. “It’s been doubling once a decade,” says Peggy Blumenthal, senior counselor to the president at the Institute of International Education. “There are projections it will go up to 8 million in another 10 years.”
As more students contemplate studying overseas, they are seeking the best global colleges and universities to fit their needs. To help students compare universities around the world, U.S. News has launched its inaugural Best Global Universities rankings.
The overall 2015 U.S. News Best Global Universities rankings encompass the top 500 institutions spread out across 49 countries. In addition, the rankings include region-specific lists – of the top universities in Europe, Asia, Australia/New Zealand and Latin America – and country-specific lists highlighting the top schools in 11 countries with a large number of ranked schools: Canada, China, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, South Korea, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom.
The rankings also feature the top 100 global universities in 21 subject areas, including fields such as economics and business, engineering, computer science, and social sciences and public health.
To allow for accurate cross-border comparisons, these new U.S. News rankings – based on data and metrics provided by Thomson Reuters InCitesTM research analytics solutions – focus specifically on institutions’ academic research and reputation overall and not their separate undergraduate or graduate programs. Universities were judged on factors such as global research reputation, publications and number of highly cited papers, making these rankings very different from the U.S. News Best Colleges and Best Graduate Schools rankings of U.S. programs.
[Learn how the Best Global Universities rankings were calculated.]
Among the top 500 global universities, the top 10 are all based in the U.S. and the United Kingdom. The U.S. state of Massachusetts is home to the top two schools in the world. Harvard University, founded in 1636 and the oldest university in the U.S., is the highest ranked on the list, followed by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, founded in 1861. . . . .