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The place to be for a PhD


I’m won’t be applying for a PhD any time soon, but if I were, my shortlonglist would probably look a bit like this.

Blackjack and hookers meme
I’m gonna make my own university ranking, with blackjack and hookers!

Prestige plays a major role in academia. It’s why researchers dream of publishing their work in prestigious journals, like Nature and Science. It’s why you can find Harvard University sweaters all over the world, even though Harvard doesn’t actually have that many students. And it’s why people get all giddy about an opportunity to work or study at Oxford, even though there are plenty of other institutions that may have more to offer.

A decent chunk of a university’s prestige comes from rankings, of which there are many. .

While prestige can afford you certain privileges, it does not play that much of a role in your day-to-day life as a graduate student. Rankings tend to be based on research output and recognition thereof, but you’re likely more concerned about things like quality of education, facilities, student life, affordability, the likelihood that your supervisor will be a Machiavellian psychopath, or the university’s primary topics of research.

Most rankings are therefore kind of useless for students.

I’m going to exacerbate this problem by introducing my own ranking, the Toilet Paper University Rankings, which is solely based on the number of summarised papers in which an organisation, which is usually – but not always – a university, is mentioned as an affiliation. The list is updated daily, although it usually only changes once a week, when I publish a new paper summary.

Toilet Paper University Rankings

1usNorth Carolina State University6
2usCarnegie Mellon University5
4ilThe Hebrew University of Jerusalem4
5nlDelft University of Technology3
5usIBM Corporation3
5chUniversity of Zurich3
8ilBen-Gurion University of the Negev2
8seChalmers University of Technology2
8nlEindhoven University of Technology2
8jpKyushu University2
8auMonash University2
8nlOpen University of the Netherlands2
8caPolytechnique Montréal2
8caQueen’s University2
8sgSingapore Management University2
8chUniversità della Svizzera italiana2
8gbgb-engUniversity College London2
8caUniversity of British Columbia2
8caUniversity of Calgary2
8usUniversity of Chicago2
8luUniversity of Luxembourg2
8usUniversity of Maryland2
8noUniversity of Oslo2
8fiUniversity of Oulu2
8usUniversity of Southern California2
8deUniversity of Stuttgart2
8usUniversity of Washington2
30fiAalto University1
30usAugusta University1
30nlAvans University of Applied Sciences1
30cnBaidu, Inc.1
30eses-ctBarcelona Supercomputing Center1
30usBoeing Research & Technology Europe1
30usCalifornia Institute of Technology1
30usCalifornia Polytechnic State University1
30usClarkson University1
30usClemson University1
30krClova AI Research1
30usColumbia Basin College1
30noConceptos Consulting1
30auCurtin University1
30usDrexel University1
30nlExact International Development1
30brFederal Institute of Rio Grande do Norte1
30brFederal University of Bahia1
30brFederal University of Minas Gerais1
30brFederal University of Pará1
30brFederal University of Rio Grande do Norte1
30brFederal University of Sergipe1
30deFraunhofer Institute for Experimental Software Engineering1
30usGeorge Fox University1
30usHarvard Business School1
30deHarz University of Applied Sciences1
30gbgb-engImperial College London1
30usIowa State University1
30irIran Telecommunication Research Center1
30itItalian National Research Council1
30usJane Street Capital1
30nlJeronimus Academy of Data Science1
30usJet Propulsion Laboratory1
30usJohns Hopkins University1
30usKansas State University1
30usKennesaw State University1
30gbgb-engKing’s College London1
30krKorea Press Foundation1
30xxLeadership Footprint1
30nlLeiden University1
30usLoyola College1
30caMcGill University1
30deMETOP GmbH1
30usMontclair State University1
30auMurdoch University1
30usNorthern Arizona University1
30usNorthwestern University1
30noNorwegian University of Science and Technology1
30noØstfold University College1
30deOtto von Guericke University Magdeburg1
30dePaderborn University1
30cnPeking University1
30dePhilipps University Marburg1
30ptPolytechnic Institute of Tomar1
30gbRolls-Royce plc1
30lvSEB Life & Pension Holding AB Riga Branch1
30cnShanghai Jiao Tong University1
30noSimula Research Laboratory1
30nlSoftware Improvement Group1
30usStevens Institute1
30auSwinburne University of Technology1
30fiTampere University of Technology1
30deTechnische Universität München1
30usTexas A&M University1
30usThe College of William and Mary1
30cncn-hkThe Hong Kong University of Science and Technology1
30nlTilburg University1
30mxUAM Iztapalapa1
30usUC Berkeley1
30usUC Davis1
30saUmm Al-Qura University1
30coUniversidad de los Andes1
30esUniversidad Rey Juan Carlos1
30brUniversidade Federal de Pernambuco1
30chUniversità della Svizzera italiana1
30beUniversity College Ghent1
30auUniversity of Adelaide1
30usUniversity of Alabama1
30caUniversity of Alberta1
30deUniversity of Applied Sciences Northwestern Switzerland1
30usUniversity of Arizona1
30usUniversity of Arkansas1
30nzUniversity of Auckland1
30eses-ctUniversity of Barcelona1
30chUniversity of Basel1
30chUniversity of Bern1
30brUniversity of Brasília1
30usUniversity of California, Los Angeles1
30esUniversity of Castilla–La Mancha1
30dkUniversity of Copenhagen1
30deUniversity of Duisburg-Essen1
30gbgb-engUniversity of East Anglia1
30itUniversity of Florence1
30deUniversity of Freiburg1
30usUniversity of Georgia1
30seUniversity of Gothenburg1
30usUniversity of Hawai‘i1
30fiUniversity of Helsinki1
30frUniversity of Lorraine1
30deUniversity of Magdeburg1
30caUniversity of Manitoba1
30usUniversity of Massachusetts Amherst1
30usUniversity of Miami1
30itUniversity of Molise1
30esUniversity of Murcia1
30auUniversity of Newcastle1
30usUniversity of Oregon1
30gbgb-engUniversity of Oxford1
30deUniversity of Passau1
30deUniversity of Potsdam1
30itUniversity of Salerno1
30caUniversity of Saskatchewan1
30cnUniversity of Science and Technology of China1
30gbgb-engUniversity of Sheffield1
30zaUniversity of Stellenbosch Business School1
30auUniversity of Technology Sydney1
30caUniversity of Victoria1
30usUniversity of Wisconsin-Milwaukee1
30usVassar College1
30nlVU University Amsterdam1
30usWayne State University1
30noWesterdals ACT1
30usWestern Michigan University1
30caYork University1
30chZurich University of Applied Sciences1

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