Academic Ranking of World Universities 2013

World University Rankings 2013
The 2013 Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) was released by the Center for World-Class Universities at Shanghai Jiao Tong University.


Starting from a decade ago, ARWU has been presenting the world Top 500 universities annually based on transparent methodology and reliable data. It has been recognised as the precursor of global university rankings and the most trustworthy one.

Harvard University continues to take the first place in the 2013 list. The Top 10 universities are: Harvard, Stanford, Berkeley, MIT, Cambridge, Caltech, Princeton, Columbia, Chicago and Oxford.

In Continental Europe, ETH Zurich (20th) in Switzerland takes first place and it becomes the first university in this region listed among the world Top 20 in the history of ARWU.

Pierre & Marie Curie (37th) in France overtakes Paris-Sud (39th) as the second best university in Continental Europe.

The best ranked universities in the Asia-Pacific region are the University of Tokyo (21st) and Kyoto University (26th) in Japan, and the University of Melbourne (56th) in Australia.

The University of Groningen (92nd) in Netherlands enters the Top 100 list for the first time. There are totally 11 universities breaking into the Top 500 list in 2013, among which King Abdullah University of Science and Technology in Saudi Arabia, the University of Coimbra in Portugal, and the Catholic University of Korea in South Korea make their first appearance.

The Center for World-Class Universities also releases the 2013 Academic Ranking of World Universities by Broad Subject Fields (ARWU-FIELD) and 2013 Academic Ranking of World Universities by Subject Fields (ARWU-SUBJECT).

Top 200 universities in five broad subject fields and in five selected subject fields are listed, where the best five universities are:

Subject Fields Top 5 Universities
Natural Sciences and Mathematics Harvard, Berkeley, Caltech, Princeton and Cambridge
Engineering/Technology and Computer Sciences MIT, Stanford, Berkeley, UT Austin and UIUC
Life and Agriculture Sciences Harvard, Cambridge, MIT, UC San Francisco and Washington (Seattle)
Clinical Medicine and Pharmacy Harvard, UC San Francisco, Washington (Seattle), Johns Hopkins and Columbia.
Social Sciences Harvard, Chicago, Stanford, Columbia and Berkeley.
Mathematics Princeton, Harvard, Berkeley, Cambridge and Pierre & Marie Curie.
Physics Harvard, MIT, Berkeley, Caltech and Princeton
Chemistry Harvard, Berkeley, Stanford, Cambridge and ETH Zurich.
Computer Science Stanford, MIT, Berkeley, Princeton and Harvard.
Economics/Business Harvard, Chicago, MIT, Stanford and Berkeley.

The complete lists and detailed methodologies can be found at the Academic Ranking of World Universities website at

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