Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) World University Rankings

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This Demonstration lets you explore the effects of the scaled indicators on the overall score in Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) [1], which is based on the six performance indicators designed to assess universities in four areas: (I) quality of education, (II) quality of faculty, (III) research output and (IV) academic performance.


The methodology used in this Demonstration is based on the procedures described in [2]. To find the rank of a university, one needs to know the university’s total scaled score or the scaled scores of each of the indicators defined on the sliders.

The rankings are just estimated, since the calculations are based on data of previous years. For example, in the 2022 ranking, Northwestern University's overall score is 37.3 and its rank is 30. In the Demonstration, the estimated rank for an overall score of 37.3 is 24. As another example, Brown University has an overall score of 25.8 and its rank is 99. In the Demonstration, the estimated rank corresponding to an overall score of 25.8 is 86.


Contributed by: Merve Samioglu (January 2023)
Open content licensed under CC BY-NC-SA




[1] Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU), ShanghaiRanking Consultancy. (Nov 14, 2022)

[2] E. Siniksaran and M. H. Satman, "WURS: A Simulation Software for University Rankings," Scientometrics, 122(1), 2020 pp. 701–717. doi:10.1007/s11192-019-03269-8.

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