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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

2usNorth Carolina State University6
3usCarnegie Mellon University5
4ilThe Hebrew University of Jerusalem4
5seChalmers University of Technology3
5nlDelft University of Technology3
5usIBM Corporation3
5auMonash University3
5chUniversity of Zurich3
10ilBen-Gurion University of the Negev2
10auCurtin University2
10nlEindhoven University of Technology2
10jpKyushu University2
10nlOpen University of the Netherlands2
10caPolytechnique Montréal2
10caQueen’s University2
10sgSingapore Management University2
10chUniversità della Svizzera italiana2
10gbgb-engUniversity College London2
10caUniversity of British Columbia2
10caUniversity of Calgary2
10usUniversity of Chicago2
10seUniversity of Gothenburg2
10nlUniversity of Groningen2
10luUniversity of Luxembourg2
10usUniversity of Maryland2
10noUniversity of Oslo2
10fiUniversity of Oulu2
10deUniversity of Passau2
10usUniversity of Southern California2
10deUniversity of Stuttgart2
10usUniversity of Washington2
10nlVrije Universiteit Amsterdam2
35fiAalto University1
35usAugusta University1
35nlAvans University of Applied Sciences1
35cnBaidu, Inc.1
35eses-ctBarcelona Supercomputing Center1
35usBoeing Research & Technology Europe1
35gbBritish Geological Survey1
35usCalifornia Institute of Technology1
35usCalifornia Polytechnic State University1
35seCarmenta Geospatial Technologies1
35usClarkson University1
35usClemson University1
35krClova AI Research1
35usColumbia Basin College1
35noConceptos Consulting1
35usDrexel University1
35gbgb-engDurham University1
35nlExact International Development1
35brFederal Institute of Rio Grande do Norte1
35brFederal University of Bahia1
35brFederal University of Minas Gerais1
35brFederal University of Pará1
35brFederal University of Rio Grande do Norte1
35brFederal University of Sergipe1
35deFraunhofer Institute for Experimental Software Engineering1
35usGeorge Fox University1
35usHarvard Business School1
35deHarz University of Applied Sciences1
35gbgb-engImperial College London1
35usIowa State University1
35irIran Telecommunication Research Center1
35itItalian National Research Council1
35usJane Street Capital1
35nlJeronimus Academy of Data Science1
35usJet Propulsion Laboratory1
35usJohns Hopkins University1
35usKansas State University1
35usKennesaw State University1
35usKent State University1
35gbgb-engKing’s College London1
35krKorea Press Foundation1
35xxLeadership Footprint1
35deLeibniz Institute for Neurobiology1
35nlLeiden University1
35usLoyola College1
35seLund University1
35caMcGill University1
35deMETOP GmbH1
35usMontclair State University1
35auMurdoch University1
35usNorthern Arizona University1
35usNorthwestern University1
35noNorwegian University of Science and Technology1
35usOakland University1
35usOregon State University1
35noØstfold University College1
35deOtto von Guericke University Magdeburg1
35dePaderborn University1
35cnPeking University1
35dePhilipps University Marburg1
35ptPolytechnic Institute of Tomar1
35gbRolls-Royce plc1
35lvSEB Life & Pension Holding AB Riga Branch1
35cnShanghai Jiao Tong University1
35noSimula Research Laboratory1
35nlSoftware Improvement Group1
35usStevens Institute1
35auSwinburne University of Technology1
35fiTampere University of Technology1
35deTechnische Universität München1
35usTexas A&M University1
35usThe College of William and Mary1
35cncn-hkThe Hong Kong University of Science and Technology1
35usThe University of New Mexico1
35nlTilburg University1
35mxUAM Iztapalapa1
35usUC Berkeley1
35usUC Davis1
35saUmm Al-Qura University1
35coUniversidad de los Andes1
35esUniversidad Rey Juan Carlos1
35brUniversidade Federal de Pernambuco1
35chUniversità della Svizzera italiana1
35beUniversity College Ghent1
35auUniversity of Adelaide1
35usUniversity of Alabama1
35caUniversity of Alberta1
35nlUniversity of Amsterdam1
35deUniversity of Applied Sciences Northwestern Switzerland1
35usUniversity of Arizona1
35usUniversity of Arkansas1
35nzUniversity of Auckland1
35eses-ctUniversity of Barcelona1
35chUniversity of Basel1
35chUniversity of Bern1
35brUniversity of Brasília1
35usUniversity of California, Los Angeles1
35esUniversity of Castilla–La Mancha1
35dkUniversity of Copenhagen1
35deUniversity of Duisburg-Essen1
35gbgb-engUniversity of East Anglia1
35itUniversity of Florence1
35deUniversity of Freiburg1
35usUniversity of Georgia1
35usUniversity of Hawai‘i1
35fiUniversity of Helsinki1
35frUniversity of Lorraine1
35deUniversity of Magdeburg1
35caUniversity of Manitoba1
35usUniversity of Massachusetts Amherst1
35usUniversity of Miami1
35itUniversity of Molise1
35esUniversity of Murcia1
35auUniversity of Newcastle1
35usUniversity of Oregon1
35gbgb-engUniversity of Oxford1
35deUniversity of Potsdam1
35itUniversity of Salerno1
35caUniversity of Saskatchewan1
35cnUniversity of Science and Technology of China1
35gbgb-engUniversity of Sheffield1
35zaUniversity of Stellenbosch Business School1
35auUniversity of Technology Sydney1
35caUniversity of Victoria1
35usUniversity of Wisconsin-Milwaukee1
35usVassar College1
35usWayne State University1
35noWesterdals ACT1
35usWestern Michigan University1
35cnWuhan University1
35caYork University1
35chZurich University of Applied Sciences1