Once again American universities dominated the world rankings as they have for the past six years, taking all but three of the top 20 spots, The University World News Web site said.
Three U.S. universities took the top three positions. Harvard ranked first, Stanford second and the University of California Berkeley came in at third place.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) ranked 5th, the California Institute of Technology ranked sixth, Columbia University ranked seventh, Princeton University rated eighth on the list and the University of Chicago came in at number nine.
The universities of Cambridge, Oxford and Tokyo ranked fourth, 10th and 20th respectively. Emory University in the United States was allocated the last slot in the top 100 institutions.
The Web site said 67 of the top 100 universities are located in the United States, 13 in Britain and five in Japan.
Israel's Hebrew University in Jerusalem ranked 64th, data released by the Center for World Class Universities and the Institute of Higher Education at Shanghai's Jiao Tong University said Sunday.
The rankings were based on criteria which included the number of scientific publications released by institutes and the number of graduates who won the Nobel Prize.