Harvard University remained as the No. 1 university in the world according to the annual Academic Ranking of World Universities 2013, followed by Stanford University in 2nd place globally.

UC Berkeley moved up to 3rd place overall behind Harvard and Stanford in the 2013 global rankings of universities, and is again the top-ranked public university, followed by UCLA (12th), UCSD (14th) and UCSF (18th).

In Australia, the highest ranked university is the University of Melbourne (No. 1 in the country and No. 54 in the world), ahead of Australian National University (No. 2 in the country and No. 66 in the world). Monash University has achieved its highest ever ranking in the ARWU University Rankings 2013. It remains in the 101-150 band with an estimated ranking of 134, representing an improvement of three places since 2012.

Top 20 Universities in the World:
1 Harvard University
2 Stanford University
3 University of California, Berkeley
5 University of Cambridge
6 California Institute of Technology
7 Princeton University
8 Columbia University
9 University of Chicago
10 University of Oxford
11 Yale University
12 University of California, Los Angeles
13 Cornell University
14 University of California, San Diego
15 University of Pennsylvania
16 University of Washington
17 The Johns Hopkins University
18 University of California, San Francisco
19 University of Wisconsin - Madison
20 Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich
Source: ARWU
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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