Wikipedia and Google rank top 100 universities in the world

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A new study has revealed the list of the top 100 universities in the world ranked by the number of times people search for them on Google, and the number of times the school is mentioned on Wikipedia.

Traditional UK heavyweights Cambridge and Oxford both topped the ranking in first and second respectively, beating off US rivals Harvard, Princeton and Stanford. Other UK universities featured in the top 50 included the London School of Economics, King’s College London and Imperial College London. The top 25 can be found below.

The work was undertaken by two professors to create the new list; Jose Lages at the University of Franche-Comte and Dima Shepelyansky at the Laboratory of Theoretical Physics at Paul Sabatier University. Universities were ranked on Google’s PageRank algorithm and also on the number of appearences made on Wikipedia in 24 different languages.

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Wikipedia Ranking of World Universities: top 25

Rank Institution
1 University of Cambridge
2 University of Oxford
3 Harvard University
4 Columbia University
5 Princeton University
6 Massachusetts Institute of Technology
7 University of Chicago
8 Stanford University
9 Yale University
10 University of California, Berkeley
11 Humboldt University of Berlin
12 Cornell University
13 University of Pennsylvania
14 University of London
15 Uppsala University
16 University of Edinburgh
17 Heidelberg University
18 University of California, Los Angeles
19 New York University
20 University of Michigan
21 Johns Hopkins University
22 University of Vienna
23 University of Göttingen
24 London School of Economics
25 Moscow State University

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