American Universities Yawn at Global Rankings

But foreign competitors are elbowing their way onto the annual lists

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You might not have noticed, but we're in the midst of the high season for global university rankings.

In mid-August, the annual Academic Ranking of World Universities, compiled by Shanghai Jiao Tong University, in China, was released. Close on its heels came the QS World University Rankings. A third influential list, from Times Higher Education, a weekly magazine based in London, is to be announced this week.

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