World Top Universities (Webometrics 2008)

The Webometrics Ranking of World Universities started in 2004 and is based on a combined indicator that takes into account both the volume of the Web contents and the visibility and impact of this web publications according to the number of external inlinks (sitations) they received.
They include a list of 4000 universities build from a catalogue of over 15000 institutions in the world.

The Top 50 are listed below (January 2008 Ranking):

WORLD RANK,  NAME
1 MASSACHUSETTS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
2 STANFORD UNI
3 HARVARD UNI
4 PENNSYLVANIA STATE UNI
5 U OF CALIFORNIA BERKELEY
6 U OF MICHIGAN
7 U OF WISCONSIN MADISON
8 U OF MINNESOTA
9 U OF ILLINOIS URBANA CHAMPAIGN
10 CORNELL UNI
11 U OF TEXAS AUSTIN
12 U OF WASHINGTON
13 U OF PENNSYLVANIA
14 COLUMBIA UNI NEW YORK
15 U OF CHICAGO
16 TEXAS A&M UNI
17 U OF CALIFORNIA LOS ANGELES
18 U OF ARIZONA
19 U OF MARYLAND
20 PURDUE UNI
21 VIRGINIA POLYTECHNIC INSTITUTE AND STATE UNI
22 U OF FLORIDA
23 MICHIGAN STATE UNI
24 INDIANA UNI
25 U OF TORONTO
26 U OF NORTH CAROLINA CHAPEL HILL
27 U OF CAMBRIDGE
28 RUTGERS U
29 DUKE U
30 GEORGIA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
31 CALIFORNIA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
32 U OF CALIFORNIA SAN DIEGO
33 NEW YORK U
34 U OF PITTSBURGH
35 U OF VIRGINIA
36 PRINCETON U
37 U OF OXFORD
38 SWISS FEDERAL INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY ZURICH
39 U OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
40 U OF BRITISH COLUMBIA
41 YALE U
42 JOHNS HOPKINS U
43 U OF HELSINKI
44 U OF CALIFORNIA DAVIS
45 NORTH CAROLINA STATE U
46 WASHINGTON U SAINT LOUIS
47 AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL U
48 U OF UTAH
49 U OF COLORADO BOULDER
50 U OF OSLO

best position for UK: 27 U OF CAMBRIDGE
best position for Canada: 25 U OF TORONTO
best positon for Switzerland: 38 SWISS FEDERAL INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY ZURICH
best position for Finland: 43 U OF HELSINKI
best position for Norway: 50 U OF OSLO

Source: Webometrics