The 20 best universities in the world

Harvard Yale University Students Football Crimson BulldogsJared Wickerham/Getty ImagesAnthony Firkser #42 of the Harvard Crimson runs with the ball past Carl Kreitzberg #54 of the Yale Bulldogs in the second half during the game at Harvard Stadium in their 131st meeting on November 22, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts.

Harvard University is the best university in the world, according to a new list from the Center for World UniversityRankings.

CWUR uses eight distinct indicators to determine their rankings, with categories including quality of education, alumni employment, and influence.

American universities took 15 of the top 20 spots on CWUR rankings, including all but two schools in the top 10.

Check out the CWUR top 20 universities in the world below:

#20 -- Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (Switzerland)

#18 -- New York University

#17 -- Kyoto University (Japan)

#16 -- Johns Hopkins University

#15 -- University of California, Los Angeles

#14 -- University of Pennsylvania

#13 -- University of Tokyo (Japan)

#11 -- Yale University

#10 -- Cornell University

#9 -- Princeton University

#7 -- University of California, Berkeley

#5 -- University of Oxford (United Kingdom)

#4 -- University of Cambridge (United Kingdom)

#3 -- Massachusetts Institute of Technology

#2 -- Stanford University

#1 -- Harvard University

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