Top 50 Universities is an annually updated list of the word’s most regarded universities, with a focus on perception and global visibility rather other metrics such as patents and Nobel prize medals.
The Top 50 Universities list is determined and organized on a continental basis (North America, South America, Europe, Africa, Asia including Australia).
The initial list of candidates was created using web search results (Google) and other rankings systems, such as QS, Times of Higher Education, and Webometrics. The candidates were then subject to the GPA (Globalization | Perception of name recognition and prestige | Achievement with global reach for graduates) survey and either retained or eliminated for Top 50 consideration. The Tier system (1, 2, 3) reflects various levels of ranking within the diverse Top 50 group. A certain number of institutions was allocated for each continent, which made it possible for Africa to be represented in the Top 50, otherwise all Top 50 institutions would be located in Europe, North America, with a few in Asia.
India and South America will be represented in the revised 2016 Top 50 ranking.