^University rankings: which world university rankings should we trust?. The Telegraph. 2015 [27 January 2015]. It is a remarkably stable list, relying on long-term factors such as the number of Nobel Prize-winners a university has produced, and number of articles published in Nature and Science journals. But with this narrow focus comes drawbacks. China's priority was for its universities to “catch up” on hard scientific research. So if you’re looking for raw research power, it's the list for you. If you're a humanities student, or more interested in teaching quality? Not so much.
^Indira Samarasekera & Carl Amrhein. Top schools don't always get top marks. The Edmonton Journal. （原始内容存档于2010-10-03）. There are currently three major international rankings that receive widespread commentary: The Academic World Ranking of Universities, the QS World University Rankings and the Times Higher Education Rankings.
^Philip G. Altbach. The State of the Rankings. Inside Higher Ed. 11 November 2010 [27 January 2015]. The major international rankings have appeared in recent months — the Academic Ranking of World Universities, the QS World University Rankings, and the Times Higher Education World University Rankings (THE).