A list of the top 1000 universities in the world has been released by the Center for World University Rankings.

224 of the 1000 universities are in the United States, including the top three of Harvard University, Stanford University, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

The other countries with the most schools named were China with 90, Japan with 74, and the United Kingdom with 65, including 4th and 5th placed University of Cambridge and University of Oxford.

8 markers are used by the CWUR in creating these rankings:

1) Quality of Education, measured by the number of a university’s alumni who have won major international awards, prizes, and medals relative to the university’s size [25%]
2) Alumni Employment, measured by the number of a university’s alumni who have held CEO positions at the world’s top companies relative to the university’s size [25%]
3) Quality of Faculty, measured by the number of academics who have won major international awards, prizes, and medals [25%]
4) Publications, measured by the number of research papers appearing in reputable journals [5%]
5) Influence, measured by the number of research papers appearing in highly-influential journals [5%]
6) Citations, measured by the number of highly-cited research papers [5%]
7) Broad Impact, measured by the university’s h-index [5%]
8) Patents, measured by the number of international patent filings [5%]

The highest ranked African university was South Africa’s University of Witwatersrand, which was ranked 176th in the world. No Nigerian university was named in the rankings.

See the full rankings here.