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U.S. universities top world rankings

Harvard, Stanford, University of California at Berkeley and MIT take top four spots

U.S. universities took eight of the top 10 places in a ranking of 500 world universities by a China-based research center.

Harvard, Stanford, University of California at Berkeley and MIT took the top four spots, followed by Cambridge in England, on the annual Academic Ranking of World Universities by The Center for World-Class Universities at Shanghai Jiao Tong University.

The bottom half of the top 10 was a carbon copy, with the California Institute of Technology, Princeton, Columbia, and the University of Chicago ranking ahead of Oxford.

Nine of the next 10 slots also were filled by U.S universities as follows: Yale, UCLA, Cornell, University of California at San Diego, University of Pennsylvania, University of Washington, Johns Hopkins, University of California at San Francisco, and University of Wisconsin. The Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich landed at number 20.

Schools are judged by the number of professors and alumni who’ve won Nobel Prizes, the number of articles faculty have published in certain journals, and the number of internationally acclaimed researchers, among other measures, the Academic Ranking of World Universities website says.

Universities are also ranked for academic subjects, such as science, engineering, and medicine.

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