The 2022 ranking assesses 1,750 institutions from over 90 countries on 13 different metrics, including research reputation, faculty publications and international collaboration.
“These rankings stand out from our other education rankings because of the emphasis on academic research,” Robert Morse, chief data strategist at US News said in a statement. “The world’s best universities feature an overall ranking of over 1,700 universities, as well as subject rankings of an additional 255 universities, for a total of 2,055 schools, providing even more information to potential students interested in schools where the research is a top priority. “
As in previous years, universities in the United States topped the rankings, claiming eight of the top ten places – which remain largely unchanged from the previous year, with the exception of the University of Washington, Seattle and the University of Cambridge each earning one place. The California Institute of Technology lost two places.
However, the ranking also highlights the best universities in the world. The University of Cape Town was named Best Institution in Africa, Tsinghua University in Beijing, China was named Best Institution in Asia, University of Melbourne was named Best Institution in Australia, and the Universidade de São Paulo was named best institution in Latin America.
Here are the top 10 best world universities of 2022, according to US News:
1. Harvard University
Highlight: Highest ranked university in many categories including biology and biochemistry and economics and business.
2. Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Highlight: MIT has been ranked the best mathematics university in the world.
3. Stanford University
Highlight: US News has identified Stanford as having the best chemistry program in the world.
4. University of California, Berkeley
Highlight: This year UC Berkeley was recognized for having the second best chemistry program.
5. University of Oxford
Highlight: Oxford has proven to have the best arts and humanities program in the world.
6. Columbia University
Highlight: Columbia University has been recognized by US News as one of the best places to study the cardiovascular systems.
7. University of Washington, Seattle
Highlight: The University of Washington, Seattle has proven to have one of the best clinical medicine programs in the world.
8. Cambridge University
Highlight: Cambridge faculty has included some of history’s most famous mathematicians. This year, the university got fifth place for its mathematics program.
9. California Institute of Technology (tie)
Highlight: Home to NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, CalTech has been identified as the top ranked university in space science.
9. Johns Hopkins University (tie)
Highlight: Known for his medical research, Johns Hopkins was found to have the second best infectious disease program, as well as the second best surgical program in the world.