MLES Global Top 100 Universities Guide 2020

The MLES Global Top 100 Universities Guide 2020 is officially released! Our methodology has also been modified for the first time since its initial launch in 2016.

Based on the particular need of Maple Leaf students, the MLES Research Institute developed and published the MLES Global Top 100 Universities Guide in 2016, which is updated every year.

With the official launch of the Maple Leaf World School Program, the methodology of the MLES Global Top 100 Universities Guide also needs to be optimized in time to highlight the “more opportunities, more choices” that the Maple Leaf World School Program brings to our  students.

The most important revision in our methodology is to use the average ranking of the three most influential world rankings, namely QS World University Rankings, Times Higher Education World University Rankings and US News World University Rankings, instead of selecting a single ranking by country as we did previously.

By taking the average value of the rankings to balance the differences in the compilation methods of different rankings, we obtain a relatively more widely recognized ranking and avoid any strong bias for a particular university in a certain ranking.

“4+10”: U.S., U.K., Australia, Canada+10 additional countries as “more choices”

Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Sweden, Netherlands, and Ireland in Europe, and Malaysia, Singapore, New Zealand, and China (including Hong Kong) in Asia Pacific

U.S. Top 20
No.Institution
1Massachusetts Institute of Technology
2Stanford University
3Harvard University
4California Institute of Technology
5Princeton University
6University of Chicago
7Yale University
8Columbia University
9University of Pennsylvania
10University of California-Berkeley
11Johns Hopkins University
12Cornell University
13University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
14University of California-Los Angeles
15Duke University
16Northwestern University
17University of California-San Diego
18New York University
19University of Washington
20University of Texas at Austin
U.K. Top 20
No.Institution
1University of Oxford
2University of Cambridge
3Imperial College London
4University College London
5University of Edinburgh
6King’s College London
7University of Manchester
8University of Bristol
9University of Glasgow
10University of Warwick
11University of Birmingham
12University of Southampton
13University of Sheffield
14London School of Economics and Political Science
15Queen Mary University of London
16University of Nottingham
17University of Leeds
18Durham University
19University of Exeter
20Lancaster University
Canada Top 15
No.Institution
1University of Toronto
2University of British Columbia
3McGill University
4McMaster University
5University of Alberta
6University of Waterloo
7University of Ottawa
8University of Calgary
9Western University
10Dalhousie University
11Simon Fraser University
12Queen’s University
13University of Victoria
14York University
15University of Manitoba
Australia Top 15
No.Institution
1University of Melbourne
2University of Sydney
3Australian National University
4University of Queensland
5University of New South Wales
6Monash University
7University of Western Australia
8University of Adelaide
9University of Technology Sydney
10Queensland University of Technology
11University of Wollongong
12Macquarie University
13Curtin University
14Griffith University
15University of Newcastle, Australia
Europe Top 15
No.InstitutionCountry
1University of AmsterdamNetherlands
2KU LeuvenBelgium
3Utrecht UniversityNetherlands
4Wageningen University and Research CenterNetherlands
5Leiden UniversityNetherlands
6Lund UniversitySweden
7University of GroningenNetherlands
8University of HelsinkiFinland
9Delft University of TechnologyNetherlands
10Uppsala UniversitySweden
11Erasmus University RotterdamNetherlands
12Aarhus UniversityDenmark
13VU University AmsterdamNetherlands
14Technical University of DenmarkDenmark
15Trinity College DublinIreland
Asia Pacific Top 15
No.InstitutionCountry
1National University of SingaporeSingapore
2Tsinghua UniversityChina
3Nanyang Technological UniversitySingapore
4Peking UniversityChina
5University of Hong KongChina
6Hong Kong University of Science and TechnologyChina
7Chinese University of Hong KongChina
8University of Science and Technology of ChinaChina
9Zhejiang UniversityChina
10Fudan UniversityChina
11City University of Hong KongChina
12Shanghai Jiao Tong UniversityChina
13University of AucklandNew Zealand
14Nanjing UniversityChina
15Universiti MalayaMalaysia

There is only a small difference on Top 100 Rate between the original and the new version of the plan , which indicates strong stability and continuity of the ranking.

Original PlanYear 2019Year 2018Year 2017
# Admitted156214921017
# of Graduates211621461807
Top 100 Rate73.8%69.5%56.3%
New PlanYear 2019Year 2018Year 2017
# Admitted152714881012
# of Graduates211621461807
Top 100 Rate72.2%69.3%56.0%

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