Best Global Universities Rankings of the U.S News & World Report

Ranking analyses 13 indicators to rank the higher education institutions of 75 countries.

The eighth annual U.S News & World Report Best Global Universities Rankings was produced to provide insight into how universities compare globally. As an increasing number of students plan to enroll in universities outside their own country, the Best Global Universities rankings - which focus specifically on the academic research and reputation of schools in general rather than on their separate undergraduate or graduate programs - can help these applicants to accurately compare institutions around the world.

The Best Global Universities overall ranking encompasses 1750 top institutions, up from almost 1500 in the previous edition, and spread over more than 90 countries, up from 86 last year, 14 of these being Portuguese Higher Education Institutions (13 included in the ranking and 1 that did not meet the requirements to be ranked). The first step in producing these rankings, which are powered by Clarivate™, involved creating a set of 1849 universities that was used to rank the top 1750 schools.

This ranking is calculated using the 13 indicators, and their respective weights selected by U.S. News, to measure overall research performance. Each of the school profile pages on lists the overall score as well as the numerical rankings for the 13 indicators, allowing students to compare where each school stands on each indicator. The indicators and their weightings in the ranking formula are listed in the table below:

Ranking Indicator Weight
Global research reputation 12,5%
Regional research reputation 12,5%
Publications 10%
Books 2,5%
Conferences 2,5%
Normalized citation impact 10%
Total citations 7,5%
Number of publications that are among the 10% most cited 12,5%
Percentage of total publications among the 10% most cited 10%
International collaboration - relative to country 5%
International collaboration 5%
Number of highly cited papers that are among the top 1% most cited 5%
Percentage of highly cited papers that are among the top 1% most cited 5%


In this ranking's latest edition, the first in which the University of Algarve (UAlg) participates by providing data on all indicators considered, UAlg stands out in the "Percentage of Publications in International Collaboration" as well as in the "Percentage of Publications in International Collaboration relative to the country" indicators, occupying the 84th and 234th positions respectively, being the best ranked Portuguese Higher Education Institution in both.

In this restricted lot of 1750 universities selected from around the world, it ranks 1081st overall and 9th nationally. This university ranking analyzed 13 indicators to rank the higher education institutions of 75 countries, highlighting criteria related to research, scientific publication of the institutions and their national and international reputation. The methodology and explanation of these indicators can be consulted here.

These disclosed results prove the University of Algarve's good performance in the different university rankings, systematically establishing its position among the best universities in the world.

Best Global Universities Ranking - Results

Edition Global Score World Europe Portugal
2022 37,4 =1081 =417 9