Global Universities Rankings-2020 by NJ MED (New Jersey Minority Educational Development)

The World Top 20 Universities Rankings for 2020
Global Universities Rankings-2020 by NJ MED

The 6th Annual World Top 20 Project’s Global Universities Rankings were produced to measure the quality of education and training for students 18 to 25 year olds, as well as, the university’s economic and social impact in promoting their country’s sustainable development.


500 Universities were chosen, that meet NJ MED’s World Top 20 project objectives to:

1) improve nation’s attainment and achievement levels towards establishing a knowledge base workforce for the 21st century, and

2) promote social skills that positively affect community development.


Ranking Methodology:

Two primary level indicators – Economics and Social Affairs, were used to rank the universities in categories. Then 7 criteria – Innovation; Research; Publications; Facilities; Teaching; Employability; and Social Responsibility, were used to measure each university’s strengthens within the two primary indicators.


The Scoring Point System:

To calculate each university’s score, two tables were created for both indicators – Economic and Social Affairs-will their criteria base score being tallied from a scale set of five values: 5-Excellent, 4- Very Good, 3-Good, 2-Average and 1-Poor.


Data Collection:

Statistical data were collected from Institutions database and educational publications for use in the criteria value scores.


The results from each universities score were then matched with the results from the world’s top 4 international higher education survey rankings – US News & World Report (Best Global Universities), The Times Higher Education (World Reputation Rankings), QS Top Universities (World University Rankings), and Center for World University Rankings, to select this year’s final 20 universities.


The 20 universities with the highest overall scores were selected for the World Top 20 rankings.


The World Top 20 Universities Rankings for 2020:

Rank#1:: Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA
Rank#2:: Stanford University, USA

Rank#3:: Harvard University, USA
Rank#4:: University of Oxford, UK

Rank#5:: University of Cambridge, UK
Rank#6:: California Institute of Technology (Caltech), USA

Rank#7:: Princeton University, USA
Rank#8:: University of Chicago, USA

Rank#9:: University of California, Berkeley, USA

Rank#10:: Yale University, USA

Rank#11:: Columbia University, USA
Rank#12:: University of Pennsylvania, USA

Rank#13:: Imperial College London, UK

Rank#14:: John Hopkins University, USA

Rank#15:: ETH Zurich – Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, SWZ

Rank#16:: UCL (University College London), UK
Rank#17:: Cornell University, USA

Rank#18:: University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), USA

Rank#19:: University of Washington, USA

Rank#20:: Nanyang Technological University of Singapore (NTU), Singapore


The Universities were then ranked in eight global regions: Africa, Asia, Caribbean, Central America, Europe, Oceania, North America, and South America.


The 2020 Global Regional Rankings of the Top 5 Universities are:

1. Africa

University of Cape Town – South Africa

University of the Witwatersrand – South Africa

Stellenbosch University – South Africa

Cairo University – Egypt

University of KwaZulu-Natal – South Africa


2. Asia

Nanyang Technological University of Singapore (NTU)

National University of Singapore, Singapore

Tsinghua University -China

Peking University – China

The University of Tokyo, Japan


3. Caribbean

University of Puerto Rico, Medical Sciences Campus – Puerto Rico

University of the West Indies – Jamaica

University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez – Puerto Rico

University of Puerto Rico Rio Piedras – Puerto Rico

Universidad de la Habana – Cuba


4. Central America

Universidad de Costa Rica – Costa Rica

Universidad Nacional- Costa Rica

Tecnológico de Costa Rica -TEC – Costa Rica

Universidad Latinoamericana de Ciencia y Tecnologia, Costa Rica  

Universidad Tecnológica de Panamá


5. Europe

University of Oxford, UK

University of Cambridge, UK

Imperial College London, UK

ETH Zurich – Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Switzerland

UCL (University College London), UK


6. Oceania

The University of Melbourne – Australia
The University of Sydney – Australia
The Australian National University – Australia
The University of Queensland – Australia
Monash University – Australia


7. North America

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA

Harvard University, USA

Stanford University, USA

Princeton University, USA

California Institute of Technology (Caltech), USA


8. South America

Universidade Federal de Sao Paulo – Brazil

Universidad de Buenos Aires – Argentina

Universidade Estadual de Campinas – Brazil

Pontificia Universidad Catoilca de Chile

Universidad Federal do Rio de Janeiro – Brazil


For more details on the ranking procedure, top 20 universities & Eight Global region university profiles and other related information please click on the "World University Ranks 2020" button below.

About World top 20 Project

NJ MED (New Jersey Minority Educational Development), a nonprofit 501c3, was formed in 1995, to help develop practical solutions to the problems of minority youth (especially males) development in public education, and to foster higher education and career pursuit aimed at enhancing positive growth within their communities.


​From 1996 to 2006, NJ MED worked with the local school district, colleges, businesses, and community support services organizations to increase minority male’s high school graduation rates by 49% and college enrollment by 61 percent.

Disclaimer: All the above data is gathered from the NJ MED World top 20 Project, all the logos and titles are belongs to NJ MED World top 20 Project, EngMorph does not own any part of the data published in this page and EngMorph is not responsible for the correctness of the information presented. For more information, visit the NJ MED World top 20 Project website.

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