University of Chicago, Northwestern in top 30 of academic ranking of world universities

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The University of Chicago. | Sun-Times file

This year’s Shanghai Academic Ranking of World Universities is in, and the results should appeal to Mayor Emanuel and his “world class city” complex.

That’s because Chicago’s well-represented: the University of Chicago ranks ninth in the world, while Northwestern squeezed into the top 30. In U.S. News and World Report’s latest National University Rankings, U of C and NU are ranked No. 4 and No. 12, respectively.

Imagine if the universities — whose main campuses are separated by just 20 miles of beautiful lakeshore — had gone through with a proposed merger in the 1930s.

Note: an earlier version of this post highlighted the Times Higher Education World University Rankings for 2012-13, in which U of C and Northwestern ranked No. 10 and No. 19. That list is nearly a year old, and a newest version will be released Oct. 3. Thanks to Adam Janofsky on Twitter for the heads-up.

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