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Thursday, August 22, 2013

Anglosphere Dominates in Higher Education, According to Chinese Study

Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts

A special Hat Tip to Nebraska Energy Observer for an excellent post about how, according to research carried out by Shanghai's Jiaotong University, 42 of the world's 50 best universities are in the English-speaking world.  

There are six factors for placement on the list, including the "number of Nobel Prize winners, number of ‘highly cited’ researchers and  the number of articles published by leading magazines in their field.  

Harvard leads the list and is one of 35 American universities in the top 50.  There are also 5 British and 2 Canadian universities among those deemed best in the world.

University of Cambridge

TOP 50 ACADEMIC RANKING OF WORLD UNIVERSITIES 2013 

1.  Harvard University, United States
2 . Stanford University, United States
5.  University of Cambridge, United Kingdom
6.  California Institute of Technology, United States
7.  Princeton University, United States
8.  Columbia University, United States
9.  University of Chicago, United States
10.University of Oxford, United Kingdom
11.Yale University, United States
12.University of California, Los Angeles, United States
13.Cornell University, United States
14.University of California, San Diego, United States
15.University of Pennsylvania, United States
16.University of Washington, United States
17.The Johns Hopkins University, United States
18.University of California, San Francisco, United States
19.University of Wisconsin, Madison, United States
20.Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich, Switzerland
21.The University of Tokyo, Japan
22.University College London, United Kingdom
23.University of Michigan – Ann Arbor    United States
24.The Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine, UK
25.University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, United States
26.Kyoto University, Japan
27.New York University, United States
28.University of Toronto,Canada
29.University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, United States
30. Northwestern University, United States
31. Duke University, United States
32. Washington University in St. Louis, United States
33. University of Colorado at Boulder, United States
34. Rockefeller University, United States
35. University of California, Santa Barbara, United States
36. The University of Texas at Austin, United States
37. Pierre and Marie Curie University, Paris 6, France
38. University of Maryland, College Park, United States
39. University of Paris Sud, Paris 11, France
40. University of British Columbia,Canada
41. The University of Manchester, United Kingdom
42. University of Copenhagen, Denmark
43. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, United States
44. Karolinska Institute, Sweden
45. University of California, Irvine, United States
46 .The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, U.S. 
47. University of California, Davis, United States
48. University of Southern California, United States
49. Vanderbilt University, United States
50. Technical University Munich, Germany

 
University College, University of Toronto

Why is the Anglosphere, and particularly the United States, still the overwhelming leader in higher education?  The Nebraska Energy Observer offers a thoughtful explanation:
"The old heritage of freedom in the English-speaking world still holds. Free, fun, and unbridled inquiry is what has driven our countries to be the leaders in the modern world, and for all our problems (which are manifold, and hurting us) we are still the standard which the rest of the world is trying (unsuccessfully) to catch."