ShanghaiRanking released the 2021 Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) recently, in which PolyU climbed up from 201-300 place last year to 150-200 place this year, the highest ranking for the University since the league was launched in 2003.


Seven universities in Hong Kong were ranked in this year’s ARWU table, which was once again topped by Harvard University, followed by Stanford University and the University of Cambridge.


ARWU has been presenting the world's top universities annually based on a set of objective indicators and third-party data. It has been recognised as the precursor of global university rankings and is one of the most influential league tables. the most trustworthy league table, adopting several objective indicators including alumni and staff winning Nobel Prizes and Fields Medals, highly cited researchers, and papers indexed in major citation indices.