Taipei, Aug. 15 (CNA) National Taiwan University (NTU) ranks among the top 150 universities in the world, according to the Academic Ranking of World University (ARWU) released by Shanghai Jiao Tong University Sunday.
NTU surpassed the Chinese University of Hong Kong and Beijing-based Tsinghua University. Taiwan's flagship university was placed in the 102-150 range.
Other universities in Taiwan that made it onto the ARWU list include National Cheng Kung University at the 201-300 range. National Tsing Hua University and National Chiao Tung University made it into the 301-400 range.
Seventeen U.S. universities took the top 20 positions, with Harvard University remaining number one for the ninth consecutive year.
In Asia, the top two universities are University of Tokyo and Kyoto University -- both in Japan -- ranked the 21st and the 27th in the world respectively.
The annual list compiled by ARWU first appeared in 2003. It ranks the 500 best schools in the world based on the number of Nobel laureates, Fields medalists, Highly Cited Researchers, papers indexed by Science Citation Index Expanded and Social Science Index, and papers published in Nature and Science.
However, the ranking has drawn criticism for its heavy emphasis on natural sciences over social sciences and humanities, especially from Europe. Officials there claim the rankings are biased against European universities.
After Harvard, the other top 10 universities are Stanford University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, University of California at Berkeley, University of Cambridge, California Institute of Technology, Princeton University, Columbia University, University of Chicago and University of Oxford.
The first 100 universities are listed, while the rest of the top 500 are presented only with their range of placement on ARWU's official website. (By Sunny Chen and Carol Hsieh)