The 2018 World University Ranking by RUR Rankings Agency is Released – Powered by Web of Science Data

Results show Russia is on the rise whilst the USA remains the undisputed leader

Moscow, April 13, 2018Round University Ranking (RUR) Rankings Agency has published its annual World University Rankings, which evaluates the performance of 761 universities around the world. The ranking methodology is based on three key principles: inclusiveness, balance, and stability. Performance is measured against 20 indicators related to teaching, research, international diversity, and financial sustainability.

RUR partnered with Clarivate Analytics to collect statistical data from its Global Institutional Profiling Project, bibliometric data exclusively from the Web of Science, and reputation data from its Academic Reputation Survey. This survey is conducted annually with 10,000 respondents from across the globe.

According to the World University Rankings, the following universities are the top 10 performing institutions in the world:

  1. Harvard University, USA
  2. University of Chicago, USA
  3. California Institute of Technology (Caltech), USA
  4. Imperial College London, UK
  5. Stanford University, USA
  6. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA
  7. Columbia University      USA
  8. Northwestern University, USA
  9. Princeton University, USA
  10. University of Cambridge, UK

For a full list of the World University Rankings, visit

Despite the fact that four fewer USA universities made the list this year than in 2017 and six less than in 2016, USA universities continue to dominate the leader board.

Russia took second place in the world in terms of overall representation in the rankings with 70 institutions, up from third place in 2017 with 67 universities. The UK has fallen to third place with 67 participating universities.

At a press-conference announcing the publication of the RUR World University Rankings Oleg Solovyov, General Director, RUR Rankings Agency, stated, “A slight decrease is currently visible in the representation of traditional leaders of the rating – the United States and Great Britain in favour of developing countries: China, Russia, India, Turkey, Iran, Iraq. One of the key conclusions that we have noted over the past three years: Russian universities and, more broadly, universities of the BRICS countries and other emerging economies show higher positions in the special rating on the quality of teaching. The Russian leader, Moscow State University, took 153rd place in the general ranking and 48th on teaching. The data of the RUR rating confirm a rather high level of education in the countries of developing economies.”

Oleg Utkin, Managing Director, Clarivate Analytics Russia & CIS added: “Our data and research analytics tools are trusted by more than 20 million users worldwide to power the most prestigious global university rankings including RUR Rankings Agency. Clarivate Analytics attaches special significance to the quality of articles, publications, journals, books, conference proceedings, and patents, indexed in the Web of Science. We highly value our partnership with RUR and look forward to continuing our professional dialogue with its experts.”

Clarivate Analytics data are used by influential ranking organisations such as the Academic Ranking of the World Universities (also known as Shanghai Rankings), CWTS Leiden Ranking, U.S. News Global University Rankings, U-Multirank European Ranking, Reuters News Rankings, University Ranking by Academic Performance – URAP (Turkey), I-UGR Rankings (Spain), National Taiwan University Rankings, among many others.




About RUR Rankings Agency

RUR Rankings Agency was founded in 2013 and based in Moscow, Russian Federation. The Agency publishes the 2018 World University Ranking. Round University Ranking (RUR) rankings system also offers consulting services for universities to strengthen their competitiveness in the higher education sector. Since the first release of the ranking in 2010 more than 1,000 higher education institutions representing 84 nations have participated in the RUR. Website:

About Clarivate Analytics: Clarivate Analytics is the global leader in providing trusted insights and analytics to accelerate the pace of innovation. Building on a heritage going back more than a century and a half, we have built some of the most trusted brands across the innovation lifecycle, including Web of Science, Cortellis, Derwent, CompuMark, MarkMonitor and Techstreet. Today, Clarivate Analytics is a new and independent company on a bold entrepreneurial mission to help our clients radically reduce the time from new ideas to life-changing innovations. For more information, please visit

About Web of Science: Web of Science is the world’s most trusted and largest publisher-neutral citation index, powering global discovery and citation analytics across the sciences, social sciences and art & humanities. With over 1.4 billion cited references going back to 1900 and millions of users per day—from leading government and academic institutions and research-intensive corporations—the Web of Science citation network serves as the foundation for the Journal Impact Factor, InCites, and other powerful and trusted citation-impact measures. The Web of Science helps researchers, research institutions, publishers, and funders discover and assess the citation impact of over a century of research publications found in the most prestigious books, conference proceedings, and journals.

About Global Institutional Profiling Project

Since 2009, Clarivate Analytics has been profiling the world’s leading universities and research institutions using an exclusive set of key performance indicators for our Institutional Profiles initiative. Institutional profiles facilitate a multidimensional and unbiased comparison of all aspects of a university’s performance regardless of the university’s mission, size, geographical location or subject mix. Combining gold-standard bibliometric information with unique data on reputation, demographics of staff, students and funding creates a 360-degree view of all aspects of an institution’s performance. Profiles are utilized by universities, funding agencies, governments and rankings agencies as a valuable tool to identify weaknesses and strengths, find peer institutions, compare to global or regional benchmarks and to promote achievements to their stakeholders.

About Academic Reputation Survey

Clarivate Analytics polls surveys academics across the world to create the academic reputation survey. Survey participation is by invitation and participants are carefully selected by geographical location and discipline from approximately 150 countries. Additionally, the survey is offered in nine languages. View the details of the survey methodology here.


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