All Press Releases for August 20, 2020

The Social Capital Foundation Surveys the 150 Best Universities in the World

The Social Capital Foundation has released its ranking of the 150 best Universities in the world for 2020-2022.

We are committed to strengthening the community through the promotion of social capital - Patrick Hunout, TSCF President

    BRUSSELS, BELGIUM, August 20, 2020 /24-7PressRelease/ --


Evaluating Universities can be tricky. Institutions can create a favorable environment for pedagogic performance. In a last resort, however, the latter lies on individual staff and students.

In addition, performance evaluation in this sector is widely subjective. It depends on: the opinion of employers and families, the public image and fame of these organizations, the social class/cultural capital of the students they attract, and the involvement of these organizations in partnerships.

Institutional purpose

– The purpose of a University is first to transmit knowledge.

– Producing new knowledge through research comes second.

– Producing dissemination, applications, social promotion and economic development comes third.


Because of this, our evaluation criteria include:

a) quality of education (student/faculty ratio, pedagogic methodology and research, logistics, income and budget) for 50%,

b) support to research (research budget, faculty involvement, patents, indexation and citation per faculty) for 25%,

c) and organization development (HR policy, institutional income, collaboration with the economy, international outlook including faculty, research and programs) for 25%.

Our approach, while it does not endorse as such the UN sustainable Development goals (SDGs) as some of them express a policy agenda. But it does take into account reformulated impact areas such as quality education (SDG4), economic growth (SDG8), industry and infrastructure (SDG9), and partnerships (SDG17).

Finally, we also take into account consensus within existing surveys, with exception of the Leiden ranking, which is based on limited and irrelevant criteria. As for the CHE ranking list, it is limited to German-speaking Universities, which makes international comparison very difficult.


We evaluate Universities against our scale levels.

In addition to the classic TSCF evaluation class, we attribute to each University a score in points.

Such institutions are unlikely to implement and materialize new policies in a very short time. As a result, we attribute our ratings for a period of 3 years.


TSCF Ranking Department is here:

TSCF SQUAS methodology is here: ... ighted.pdf

TSCF University ranking is here:

The Social Capital Foundation (TSCF) is a sovereign non-profit institution that pursues the promotion of social capital and social cohesion. The Social Capital Foundation's orientation emphasizes the necessary social dimension of the market economy, the pivotal role of the middle class in modern society, the necessity for social cooperation and participation, the development of civil society vs. government, and the preservation of cultural identity for community integration. The Social Capital Foundation is an independent institution, free of any established political or economic interest. Its policies and decisions are sovereign and with no recourse. It does not receive support from governments, nor does it contribute to their funding. It is not for profit. Created in 2002, it is based in the Brussels area, Belgium.

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