Universitas 21

If university rankings are too specific, the global higher education network Universitas 21 has developed a ranking of countries’ whole higher education systems.

  • Their rankings draw on data from 50 countries and territories and aims to highlight the importance of creating a strong environment for higher education institutions to contribute to economic and cultural development, provide a high-quality experience for students and help institutions compete for overseas applicants.
  • It looks at 20 different measures grouped under four headings: resources (investment by government and private sector), output (research and its impact, as well as the production of an educated workforce which meets labour market needs), connectivity (international networks and collaboration which protects a system against insularity) and environment (government policy and regulation, diversity and participation opportunities).

Overall, the Universitas 21 rankings found the top five higher education systems to be the United States, Sweden, Switzerland, Canada and Denmark.