Claiming that you have a mathematical formula that can determine the best university in the world is a little silly. How are you really supposed to compare schools in the U.S., Japan, and the U.K., when the educational systems, standards of evaluation, and campus culture are so different?
But hey, who cares, because the Center for World University Rankings says that Johns Hopkins is the 19th-best university in the world. Woo-hoo!!!! (Just forget about the fact that they were 17th-best last year.)
The ranking is based on legitimate criteria, including the number of times research papers originating at the school were cited, numbers of patents filed, and number of alumni who have won major awards/prizes, among other things. Not surprisingly, considering Hopkins’ research bona fides, the school scored high on the list.
The top five schools in the entire world, according to the list, are Harvard, Stanford, MIT, Cambridge, and Oxford. The University of Maryland-College Park is the 76th-best university in the world, the University of Maryland-Baltimore is number 183, and UMBC is 505, incidentally.
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