Lately the US has been taking a bit of a beating on the world stage. No one was impressed by the partisan wrangling during the negotiations to raise the debt-ceiling. The US then proceeded to lose its AAA credit rating from Standard and Poor’s for the first time ever, an ignominious come-down further fueled by China scolding the US for its “addiction to debt” and “living beyond its means” like some spendthrift child. But there’s one category in which the US continues to dominate as even China acknowledges, higher education.
According to the Chronicle of Higher Education, US universities rank tops in the Academic Ranking of World Universities. This list is published annually by Jiao Tong University in Shanghai and all but two of the top ten places are occupied by US institutions. Here’s the full list from Xinhua:
The Chronicle of Higher Education does note that there is ” growing criticism of international reliance on university rankings, and efforts to develop alternative systems for evaluating and comparing institutions are gaining ground.” The Shanghai rankings are weighted heavily towards research output in the sciences and do not take humanities programs into account.
In June, the European Union introduced a new ranking tool named U-Multibank, which allows users to determine how much they want to weigh each factor. That is, U-Multibank operates from the premise that there is no such thing as an objective ranking and allows users to develop personalized rankings.
US Universities Are Tops
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