All types of university are including in the ranking but certain adjustments are made for size—for example, the faculty at smaller universities publish fewer papers. The various categories are identified in the list.
I don't agree with these rankings. It's going to be extremely difficult to complete against the Ivy League schools in the USA and Oxbridge in the UK because of their enormous reputations from the past. Who knows whether these schools are as good as they think they are? You aren't going to find out by giving such a high score to reputation surveys.
Having said that, there are a few things we can learn from the World University Rankings. Here's the top ten.
- University of Cambridge UK (L,VH,FC)
- Harvard University USA (L,VH,FC)
- Yale University USA (M,VH,FC)
- University College London UK (L,VH,FC)
- Massachusetts Institute of Technology USA (M,VH,CO)
- University of Oxford UK (L,VH,FC)
- Imperial College London UK (L,VH,FC)
- University of Chicago USA (M,VH,FC)
- California Institute of Technology USA (S,VH,CO)
- Princeton University USA (M,VH,CO)
The top Canadian university is McGill University at number 19. The University of Toronto comes in at 29th, just behind the University of California, Berkeley. Toronto and UC Berkeley are both XL, VH, FC. The only other Very Large university ahead of them is the University of Michigan at number 15.