Harvard, leading for the 18th year in a row, and US universities continue to lead the Shanghai ranking released on Friday, in which four Canadian institutions, including McGill University, make their first top 100 appearances.
The first ten places are, like last year, monopolized by the Anglo-Saxons with eight American universities and two British occupying the top of this ranking of the best higher education establishments carried out since 2003 by the independent firm Shanghai Ranking Consultancy.
In first place, Harvard is once again ahead of its compatriot Stanford and Britain’s Cambridge. Then we find the American MIT (4th), Berkeley (5th) and Princeton (6th).
The first non-Anglo-Saxon establishment with its 14th place, Paris Saclay is also making its first appearance in the top 100, as is the University of PSL (Paris Sciences & Letters), in 36th place, that of Paris (65th) and Grenoble Alpes (99th ). Accustomed to the ranking, the Sorbonne grapples a few places to climb to 39th place.
Canada has two universities in the top 50: the University of Toronto in 23rd place (24th place last year) and the University of British Columbia in 38th place (35th last year).
In the top 100, we find McGill University in 78th place and McMaster University in 98th place. The two establishments were tied for 90th place last year.
The Shanghai ranking takes into account six criteria, including the number of Nobel and Fields medals among graduate students and professors, the number of top-cited researchers in their discipline, and the number of publications in the journals Science and Nature.