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Here Comes Treble: Cornell beats Yale in global ranking of best universities

Cornell University’s place in pop culture was cemented by Andy Bernard’s constant name-dropping of his alma mater (and its a capella group, Here Comes Treble) in The Office. The actor portraying him, Ed Helms, actually spoke at the Cornell convocation last year.

Now Cornell has another feather in its cap: It’s better than Yale, its much higher profile Ivy League peer.

The Center for World University Rankings, based in Saudi Arabia, released its global rankings of the 1,000 best universities last week, and Cornell made the top 10 – narrowly edging out Yale at No. 11. (The group’s press release, however, inexplicably gives Cornell’s place to Yale.)

The center explains its rankings like this:

1) Quality of Education, measured by the number of a university’s alumni who have won major international awards, prizes, and medals relative to the university’s size [25%]
2) Alumni Employment, measured by the number of a university’s alumni who currently hold CEO positions at the world’s top companies relative to the university’s size [25%]
3) Quality of Faculty, measured by the number of academics who have won major international awards, prizes, and medals [25%]
4) Publications, measured by the number of research papers appearing in reputable journals [5%]
5) Influence, measured by the number of research papers appearing in highly-influential journals [5%]
6) Citations, measured by the number of highly-cited research papers [5%]
7) Broad Impact, measured by the university’s h-Index [5%]
8) Patents, measured by the number of international patent filings [5%]

Four Ivy League schools made the top 10 – Harvard, Columbia, Princeton and Cornell – as did only two schools outside the United States, the University of Oxford and University of Cambridge.

Cornell only outranks Yale in CEOs at the world’s top companies (No. 18 vs. 26), highly-cited research papers (15 vs. 25), and by a wide margin, patent filings (11 vs. 49). Apparently that was enough.

The Cornell Daily Sun reports that Cornell moved up one place from last year’s rankings, while Harvard kept its spot at the top of the rankings for the fourth year in a row.

Read the rankings.

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Greg spent several years as a technology policy reporter and editor for Warren Communications News in Washington, D.C., and guest host on C-SPAN’s “The Communicators.” He co-founded the alternative newspaper PUNCH and served as a reporter, editor and columnist for The Falcon at Seattle Pacific University.

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