Shanghai Jiao Tong University has just published the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) for 2009. A total of 501 universities are ranked in the league table, with Harvard being the No. 1 university internationally.

North & Latin America has the most number of leading universities listed in the world's top 100 - with a total of 59 institutions placed within the global top 100, and in total 184 are placed among the world's top 501 institutions. Canada has 22 schools placed amongst the world's best, with University of Toronto ranked 1st in the nation, 20th regionally and 27th globally.

Europe has 208 institutions placed among the world's top universities. In the region, UK has a total of 40 institutions listed in the league table, with University of Cambridge rated top nationally and 4th in the world, followed by Oxford (also in global top 10). Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich is the best ranked institution in Switzerland (23rd globally).

In Asia & Pacific, The University of Tokyo (Japan) is the best in the region (20th in the world), followed by Kyoto University (24th globally) and Australian National University (59th). Japan has 31 institutions in the global rankings, while China has 18 and Australia has 17 in the list.

The Top Ten Universities in the world (2009) are:
1 Harvard University
2 Stanford University
3 University of California, Berkeley
4 University of Cambridge
5 Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
6 California Institute of Technology
7 Columbia University
8 Princeton University
9 University of Chicago
10 University of Oxford
Source: Shangai Jiao Tong University

In 2009 there are new rankings for specific subjects. Universities are ranked in the following five subjects: Mathematics, Chemistry, Physics, Computer Science, and Economics / Business.

Princeton University is ranked No. 1 in the world for Mathematics, followed by UC Berkeley (2nd) and Harvard (3rd).

Stanford University took the top spot for Computer Science.

Harvard University is ranked No. 1 for Chemistry, Physics, and Economics / Business.

World University Ranking Tables

America - US News & World Report, The Princeton Review, BusinessWeek
Canada - Maclean's, Gourman Report Ranking of Canadian Universities
UK - Sunday Times, Guardian, Times Good University Guide, Daily Telegraph
World - Shanghai Jiao Tong ARWU Rankings, Webometrics, Newsweek
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