2021 Best Global Universities rankings
*denotes a tie with another institution
University of California campuses aren’t just some of the best in the country — they stand among the best in the world.
That is the conclusion of the new U.S. News & World Report 2021 Best Global Universities rankings, released today (Oct 20). Four UC campuses ranked in the top 25 of universities around the world, while eight made the top 100.
Only 255 schools in the United States made the cut in this global ranking of nearly 1,500 schools across 86 countries. All 10 UCs are among that group.
The top five schools in the world according to the ranking are Harvard University (No. 1), Massachusetts Institute of Technology (No.2), Stanford University (No. 3) and UC Berkeley at No. 4. The University of Oxford in the United Kingdom ranked fifth.Personally, I think both Harvard and Stanford are overrated. And where is Cal Tech? Secondly, the cost for these schools, even the UC system, are over the top.
I had the good fortune to attend three universities, two of which are public (UC Berkeley twice, and University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill), and one private (University of the Pacific). Needless to say, you know which one is best in my experience.
But how do they come up with these rankings? The global rankings emphasize research and reputation, both regionally and internationally. Rankings reflect publications, books, conferences and international collaboration, as well as total citations and impactfulness of citations.
It seems classroom teaching is not listed! There are so many variables. Class size comes to mind. Certainly a large lecture hall for Econ 1A is not a big deal. But Chem labs need to limit their size to about 30. And how many “famous” professors actually teach in the classroom?
One of the most interesting sights during my undergrad days occurred in Berkeley. The man teaching Physics for non majors, aka Bonehead physics, was none other than Nobel laureate, Dr. Edward Teller. Organic Chemistry was taught by the “Father of Photosynthesis”, Dr. Melvin Calvin. The first photo pictures some Berkeley Nobel winners from the past.
Maybe just once, we can cheat enough to play in the Rose Bowl on January 1st? I doubt it, but the Nobels are a great consolation prize!!!