By Karen MacGregor. The United States held steady in the just-published Academic Ranking of World Universities, or ARWU, dominating global higher education with 17 universities in the top 20 and 149 in the top 500 – one fewer than last year. Some institutions swapped places in the top 20 but they were all still there except for the University of Tokyo, which slipped a place to make way for the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, ETH Zurich. “In continental Europe, ETH Zurich becomes the first university in the region listed among the world top 20 in the history of the ARWU, the ranking stated when releasing the results on Thursday. More...