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8/14/2010 SHANGHAI — Harvard topped a ranking of world universities published Friday by a Shanghai college for the eighth year running — a list dominated by US institutions and sharply criticized in Europe.

The University of California at Berkeley was second, followed by Stanford, according to the list of 500 institutions compiled by Jiaotong University’s Centre for World-Class Universities, available at www.arwu.org.

The rankings are focused almost entirely on a university’s achievements in scientific research, and do not cover the humanities — prompting concerns that they do not accurately reflect an institution’s overall performance.

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