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The annual Academic Ranking of World Universities, commonly known as the Shanghai ranking, has seen China and US make the most gains in the 2018 list, however, Harvard University retained the top spot for the 16th year running. China saw six new universities make their way into the top 500 in the world, while there were four new US universities in the 2008 list.

Global rankings provide no meaningful measure of education quality at universities across the world. International experts present their case. 

By Philip G Altbach and Ellen Hazelkorn

The most influential global academic rankings – the highly influential Shanghai Academic Rankings of World Universities (ARWU), Times Higher Education World University Rankings and QS Top University Rankings – have been in existence for more than a decade and are now a major force in shaping higher education worldwide.