The 2nd 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.

The Universities were then ranked in eight global regions (Africa, Asia, Caribbean, Central America, Europe, Oceania, North America, and South America). The 20 universities with the highest overall scores were selected for the World Top 20 rankings.

The Global Regions Rankings of the top 5 Universities are:


  1. University of Cape Town – South Africa
  2. University of the Witwatersrand – South Africa
  3. Stellenbosch University – South Africa
  4. University of KwaZulu-Natal – South Africa
  5. University of Pretoria – South Africa

North America

  1. Harvard University, USA
  2. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA
  3. Stanford University, USA
  4. California Institute of Technology (Caltech), USA
  5. University of California, Berkeley (UCB), USA


  1. University of Cambridge, UK
  2. University of Oxford, UK
  3. Imperial College London, UK
  4. ETH Zurich – Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Switzerland
  5. UCL (University College London), UK


1.  The University of Melbourne – Australia
2.  The University of Sydney – Australia
3.  The Australian National University – Australia
4.  The University of Queensland – Australia
5.  The University of New South Wales – Australia


  1. The University of Tokyo, Japan
  2. Kyoto University – Japan
  3. National University of Singapore, Singapore
  4. The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
  5. Seoul National University, South Korea 

Source: World Top 20 Project