University rankings help students and researchers to compare the quality of higher education institutions and to identify the best universities worldwide. High ranked universities receive top scores on indicators such as learning environment, influence on scientific papers, programme variety, international focus, and more.
Popular university rankings include The Academic Ranking of World Universities or Times Higher Education World University Rankings.
University scores vary depending on specific factors. Some rankings only focus on the research quality at a university, while others focus more on teaching quality. Prospective students should not rely exclusively on top university rankings and should consider other relevant factors such as internship opportunities, language of instruction or study location. You might find that the best university for you is not necessarily ranked number 1.