Johns Hopkins climbs in annual Shanghai Ranking of top world universities

JHU listed 16th in 2015 Academic Ranking of World Universities

Credit: Noah Scialom

Johns Hopkins University has again been recognized as one of the best universities in the world in an annual list compiled by the Center for World-Class Universities at Shanghai Jiao Tong University.

Hopkins ranks 16th in the world and 14th among U.S. universities in the latest Academic Ranking of World Universities, also known as the Shanghai Ranking, which were released Saturday. The rankings, first published in 2003, include the top 500 universities out of more than 1,200 considered for inclusion.

Johns Hopkins, which was ranked 17th a year ago, also came in fourth in the center's broad subject field ranking for Clinical Medicine and Pharmacy.

Harvard retained the top overall spot for the 13th consecutive year, with Stanford, MIT, California-Berkeley, and Cambridge rounding out the top five.

The annual Academic Ranking of World Universities is based on a set of six objective indicators and is recognized as a trustworthy and influential precursor of the global university rankings. Rankings are determined by the number of alumni and staff winning Nobel Prizes and Fields Medals, the number of highly cited researchers, the number of articles published in journals of nature and science, the number of articles indexed in Science Citation Index–Expanded and Social Sciences Citation Index, and per capita performance.

The Center for World-Class Universities at Shanghai Jiao Tong University is dedicated to the theoretical and policy study of world-class universities and organizes the biennial "International Conference on World-Class Universities," which attracts top scholars and university leaders from around the world.