Starting from a decade ago, Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) has been presenting the world Top 500 universities annually based on transparent methodology and reliable data. It has been recognized as the precursor of global university rankings and the most trustworthy one.
Harvard University continues to take the first place in the 2013 list. The Top 10 universities are: Harvard, Stanford, Berkeley, MIT, Cambridge, Caltech, Princeton, Columbia, Chicago and Oxford. In Continental Europe, ETH Zurich (20th) in Switzerland takes first place and it becomes the first university in this region listed among the world Top 20 in the history of ARWU. Pierre & Marie Curie (37th) in France overtakes Paris-Sud (39th) as the second best university in Continental Europe. The best ranked universities in the Asia-Pacific region are the University of Tokyo (21st) and Kyoto University (26th) in Japan, and the University of Melbourne (56th) in Australia.
The University of Groningen (92nd) in Netherlands enters the Top 100 list for the first time. There are totally 11 universities breaking into the Top 500 list in 2013, among which King Abdullah University of Science and Technology in Saudi Arabia, the University of Coimbra in Portugal, and the Catholic University of Korea in South Korea make their first appearance.