August 17th, 2014
Harvard University has retained the top spot in the annual Academic Ranking of World Universities, a position it has held for the past 12 years. The rankings, compiled by Shanghai Jiao Tong University in China, based on indicators such as academic quality and research performance, were released Aug. 15.
Stanford University was second, followed by, in order, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology; the University of California, Berkeley; and the University of Cambridge.
The United States had 146 universities in the top 500, followed by Germany with 39, Britain with 38 and China, excluding Hong Kong, with 32.