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CWTS Leiden Ranking of universities

It’s always a good idea to know where your university ranks

When it comes to selecting a university and course, it’s always wise to take university rankings into account. While QS and THE World University Rankings are quite popular, there is another one that many students look out for. Do you know about the CWTS (Dutch: Centrum voor Wetenschap en Technologische Studies) Leiden ranking system?

CWTS Leiden ranking

The CWTS Leiden Ranking is a global university ranking recorded on an annual basis exclusively on bibliometric indicators. These rankings get compiled by the Centre for Science and Technology Studies at Leiden University in the Netherlands using the Clarivate Analytics bibliographic database i.e. Web of Science as its source of the publication and citation data.

With CWTS rankings, you can check:

  • The top-ranked institutions in your study abroad destinations
  • Ranking of your desired institution
  • The best institution in your field
  • Ranking according to the indicators most relevant to you

Leiden Ranking 2020

  • The Leiden Ranking 2020 consists of 1176 universities from 65 different countries. These are all global universities that have produced at least 1,000 Web of Science indexed publications in the span of 2015–2018
  • Indicators: The sophisticated set of bibliometric indicators include statistics at the university level on scientific impact, collaboration, open access publishing, and gender diversity
  • Methodology: Every publication of a university belongs to one, or sometimes to more than one, of the main fields. If a publication is in more than one main field, then the publication is fractionally assigned to each of the main fields. For example, a publication that belongs to two main fields is assigned to each of the two fields with a weight of 1 / 2 = 0.5
  • Main fields: The CWTS Leiden Ranking 2020 includes statistics for various fields such as:
  • a) Biomedical and health sciences
    b) Life and earth sciences
    c) Mathematics and computer science
    d) Physical sciences and engineering
    e) Social sciences and humanities

The next CWTS Leiden Ranking 2021 is expected to come out in June.

Top 20 universities by Leiden Rankings 2020

Institution

Location

Rank in 2020

Harvard University

US

1

University of Chinese Academy of Sciences

China

2

University of Toronto

Canada

3

Johns Hopkins University

US

4

Shanghai Jiao Tong University

China

5

University of Michigan

US

6

University of Oxford

UK

7

Stanford University

US

8

Zhejiang University

China

9

University College London

UK

10

University of Washington - Seattle

US

11

Tsinghua University

China

12

University São Paulo

Brazil

13

Peking University

China

14

University of Tokyo

Japan

15

University of Cambridge

UK

16

University of California - Los Angeles

US

17

Duke University

US

18

Columbia University

US

19

University of Pennsylvania

US

20

Source: https://www.leidenranking.com/ranking/2020/list

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Updated on April 2, 2021

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