An introduction to global university rankings

The globalization of scientific research and its impact on university excellence

Globalization of science is becoming increasingly prominent, and the number of nodes and ties in the network has substantially increased over time. The traditional science powerhouses have occupied central positions in the network, while the new emergent scientific countries are rising, both driving the evolution of world order..

In this report, we discuss the rise in significance of global university rankings, the history of these rankings, and provide some context to better understand some of the major ranking systems.