Harvard vaunts its wealth and Nobel virtues
21 October 2010
It should come as no surprise that Harvard University — with its flagship Business School and world-famous John F. Kennedy School of Government — tops the social sciences table.
This broad subject category covers student favourites such as business and economics, as well geography, education, criminology and international relations.
The US takes eight of the top 10 places, with only the UK's ancient institutions, the universities of Oxford (seventh) and Cambridge (eighth), impinging on the American dominance.
Stanford University, in third place, doubtless benefits from having three Nobel laureates among its business faculty. Myron S. Scholes, William F. Sharpe and A. Michael Spence have all won the accolade in economic science.
The social sciences table is made up almost exclusively of English-language institutions from the US, the UK, Canada and Australia. Even the University of Hong Kong, the only Asian institution to appear in the top 50, teaches in English.