Harvard comes out on top of the latest global university ranking, followed by Stanford and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

The list, released by the Center for World University Rankings, is based on eight measures, including the proportion of alumni who have won major international awards or held CEO positions at the world’s top companies, and the number of research papers appearing in reputable journals.


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Eight of the top 10 positions are held by US institutions, with the UK’s Cambridge and Oxford holding the remaining two spots.

The only change from the top of the 2014 list is the inclusion of Cornell at number 10, at the expense of Yale.

The CWUR says its ranking is the only one that doesn’t rely on surveys and the universities’ own data submissions.

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Author: Paul Muggeridge is Head of Content at Formative Content.

Image: Graduating senior Indiana Seresin blows bubbles before the 364th Commencement Exercises at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts May 28, 2015. REUTERS/Brian Snyder