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The Shanghai world university rankings are out. (post at other site)

These rankings are the favorite of our provost.

Unfortunately it is almost impossible to get on the website to check them out, but the good folks at Wikipedia have the new numbers posted along with a table that contains results for the last ten years for the top one hundred universities.

[They initially had Penn State listed at 15, which must have raised a lot of eyebrows. Number has been fixed.]


To summarize: not much has changed in the rankings.

When dead Nobel Prize winners factor into the rankings there is a certain amount of inertia. Ancestor worship is very important in Shanghai.

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