What are the world’s best universities in 2022?

All of the top 15 universities in the world are English-speaking, according to the latest Shanghai Ranking, with France’s Paris-Saclay falling to position number 16.

Harvard University has been ranked the number one university in the world by the prestigious Shanghai Ranking’s latest annual Academic Ranking of World Universities system.

Of the top 15, American universities dominated with 13, including the aforementioned Harvard, as well as Stanford, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, University of California at Berkely, Princeton and Columbia. The UK had the two remaining top 15 schools, with Cambridge coming in at 4th place and Oxford in 7thplace.

The methodology takes into consideration every university that has Nobel Laureates, Fields Medalists, highly cited researchers, or papers published in nature or science. They also consider those schools which have a “significant amount” of papers indexed by Science Citation Index-Expanded (SCIE) and Social Science Citation Index (SSCI). Of course, academic performance is also a major consideration, as well as alumni achievements.

The top university is assigned a score of 100, with all following institutions receiving percentages calculated from that top score. For example, Stanford University received an overall total score or 76.8 and Massachusetts Institute of Technology an overall score of 70.1.

Each criteria is “weighted”, with award-winning alumni having a 10% consideration, award-winning staff a 20% consideration, highly cited researchers 20%, nature and science paper publishers 20%, SCIE and SSCI paper publishers getting 20%, and per capita per academic performance rating the final 10%.

In 2022, more than 2,500 schools were looked at and the top 1,000 were published. Shanghai Ranking is not the only one who grades universities, but they are considered to be trustworthy and amongst the most reliable. 



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New school bullying law to come into effect in September

As students head back to the classroom in a few short weeks’ time, a new anti-bullying law will be coming into effect. Here is how it will work.

It’s called, rather undramatically, Law nº 1513, but it will make a world of difference to the lives of students in the Principality who have faced, or potentially face, harassment or bullying.

Today’s young people have the benefits of modern technology at their disposals, but this technology is not always used for good. Cyber-bullying has insidiously been added to the good old-fashioned kind and can be even more harmful due to the ability to spread at lightning speed. 

To try and help combat this, the National Council voted unanimously on a bill in November 2021, Law nº 1513, that aims to “strengthen the security around our young people and to guarantee them a healthy environment, conducive to their development.”

The law allows educators to deal with harassment or bullying, but also allows for an “appropriate and dissuasive criminal response” if this method does not produce results.

Concretely, a system will be put in place by the government, via the Department of the Interior and the Directorate of Education, Youth and Sports, that will provide training of the education personnel concerned, awareness and training actions for students in schools, and the implementation of a plan to prevent and combat harassment and violence.

Additionally, an annual report by each school must show what exactly they are doing to fight bullying, as well as encouraging, in a safe manner, children to be able to report instances of alleged bullying, creating measures intended to put an end to such behaviours and implementing support for victims, perpetrators and witnesses of violence or bullying within school grounds.

The law was a collaborative effort, created through feedback from several associations such as Action Innocence, the Association of Parents of Students and Young Listeners.



ASM preview: “I don’t live in the past”

Speaking to the media ahead of Saturday’s match against RC Lens, manager Philippe Clement said that he isn’t thinking about revenge after last year’s agonising draw at the Stade Bollaert-Delelis.

Second place was snatched from Monaco’s grasp in the dying seconds of Monaco’s previous campaign. A late equaliser from Lens relegated Clement’s side to third, meaning they missed out on automatic qualification to the Champions League. Having been forced to take the play-off route again this season, Monaco fell short once again, losing on aggregate to PSV Eindhoven.

However, revenge isn’t Clement’s great motivator ahead of the tie. The Belgian coach said, “I don’t live in the past, because you can also say that we beat them in the cup at their home ground. It’s a difficult match. The two clubs have the longest unbeaten runs. Lens have 10 matches, we have 12, so it’s a team with a lot of quality.”

For the encounter, Monaco have an almost clean bill of health. They are still without Myron Boadu, who is still struggling with a foot injury. Asked by Monaco Life about the injury, Clement said that having trained twice last week, he was feeling pain once again, causing the setback.

The Belgian coach also told Monaco Life that new signing Mohamed Camara, who was unveiled on Thursday, will likely not be ready for the encounter. He said, “He didn’t play a single minute of pre-season. We have to see in the coming weeks in order to give time, but it’s clear he can’t play 90 minutes.” Clement added that there could be internal matches or friendlies in order to expedite the process of ré-athlétisation.

Unfortunately for Monaco, they will also be without Youssouf Fofana after he received a red card during last weekend’s draw against Rennes. It is therefore likely that Monaco will start with Eliot Matazo and Jean Lucas in the midfield after the former recovered from a minor niggle picked up during the warm-up to their last match.

Both sides will be looking to maintain their unbeaten league runs, which are the longest in the French championship. For Monaco, who currently sit in fifth position, they will be hoping to earn the win that would – temporarily – put them top of Ligue 1 and keep up the pressure on PSG ahead of their crunch tie at the Parc des Princes next weekend.


Photo of Philippe Clement by Monaco Life






Tactical takeaways from Monaco’s draw against Rennes

Despite suffering from a numerical disadvantage for the vast majority of Saturday’s match at the Stade Louis II, a tactically astute Monaco took a worthy point against an impatient, impotent Rennes.

The state of the game was perfectly summarised by Rennes manager Bruno Génésio post-match, who said, “It isn’t a point stolen for Monaco, because I think it was even they who had the clearest chances in the match, both in the first and the second-half.”

How not to play against 10

Rennes provided an exhibition of exactly how not to play against 10 men. Having dominated the opening 15 minutes of play, Youssouf Fofana’s red card marked a turning point, but not in a positive sense for Génésio’s men.

Admitting that his side looked better against the 11 men of Monaco rather than the 10, Génésio bemoaned his side’s attacking play, stating, “I don’t think we did enough in the second-half in particular. We took a lot of shots from outside the box when we should have better prepared our attacks, worked our way into the box and penetrate like we did for our first goal. We didn’t do that enough, because we didn’t make the right choices and we rushed things. Maybe also because we have our heads in last year. We need to have players free and to find them quicker.”

Their impatience in attacking phases was clear to see, especially during the second-half as the side got increasingly frustrated at not being able to make their extra man count. Rather than using that man to create 2-v-1 scenarios, they often used Baptiste Santamaria as their source of progression. Sitting deep, he launched balls towards Monaco’s back-line, but the home side’s compact, tall defence had little difficulty repelling the threat that these balls caused.

Sitting in a low-block Monaco were largely impenetrable, consigning Rennes to long-range efforts. In the second-half, 7/10 of Rennes’ shots were from outside the box, whilst the away side only managed eight passes (not including crosses) within 20 yards of Monaco’s goal throughout the whole match. For comparison, Monaco completed only one fewer with seven.

In short, offensively at least, Rennes were impatient in possession, unwilling to take the necessary time to construct the attacks to effectively work their numerical advantage into overloads.

But their attacking output was also hindered by their lack of intensity in the defensive phases. Rennes, bizarrely, looked most dangerous in the first 15 minutes, when they were playing against 11 men.

During that time, out of possession, Rennes played in a 4-1-4-1 formation, making it difficult for Monaco to build from the back. Often the Monaco defenders were forced back to Alexander Nübel, who faced with no safe short options was forced to clear, making Monaco reliant on second balls, which they struggled to win.

Progression was difficult and possession difficult to maintain. However, following Fofana’s red card, Rennes altered their pressing structure, moving Flavian Tait back alongside Santamaria into more of a pivot.

This move allowed Monaco to gain a foothold in the game by opening up one of the central midfielders as a passing option. From there, Monaco couldn’t exactly dominate possession, which is understandable, but when under the cosh, they could rely on one of either Jean Lucas or Soungoutou Magassa being available, allowing them to progress and maintain the ball.

Philippe Clement’s men only had 33% of the ball in the first-half, but increased that to 35% in the second-half, despite Monaco having a full cohort on the pitch for a third of that first-half. Rennes let Monaco off the hook and allowed them to gain a foothold into the game, and they were punished for that.

Offensively, the change in pressing structure also handicapped Rennes. Génésio’s side looked most dangerous in transitions after having won the ball back inside Monaco’s half and then by progressing the ball vertically, either with carries or passes. Abandoning that more intense, high-pressing and rapid transitional style, Rennes looked relatively blunt as an attacking force thereafter.

Magassa unflustered

Whilst Rennes’ shortcomings in the match were clear, Monaco are worthy of high praise for the way they defended, as well as for the way in which they exploited transitional phases of play.

Clement deserves praise for his bold move in taking off WIssam Ben Yedder in light of the red card, which duly afforded them a greater level of defensive solidity. His team were compact, resolute and aggressive in their defending.

A key component of that staunch rear-guard was the man who replaced Ben Yedder, Magassa, who looked unflustered at making his professional debut in difficult circumstances. He was calm in possession and intelligent out of it, covering player’s such as Caio Henrique when they committed to the press.

He made more tackles (5) and more pressures (18) than any other player on the pitch. His positional awareness stood out in particular, and although it is much too soon for comparisons to Aurélien Tchouaméni, the way in which he positioned himself in between passing channels was certainly reminiscent of the now Real Madrid midfielder.

He duly profited from the drop-off in intensity from Rennes and often found himself free in the number 6 role, and as a constant option, he was also a source of ball progression in Monaco’s midfield, whilst he also allowed Monaco to retain possession and alleviate pressure.

Golovin and Jean Lucas refinding their finest form

The title for most progressive Monaco midfielder on the day, however, goes to Jean lucas, who has begun the season in brilliant form. He backed up his positive display last week against Strasbourg with another excellent performance here.

The Brazilian completed the most progressive carries of any Monaco player (7) and he also completed 86% of his 43 attempted passes. Although the incoming Mohamed Camara will pose a high-level of competition in the centre of the park, Jean Lucas has shown himself capable of delivering when called upon.

Another player looking resurgent at the start of this new season is Aleksandr Golovin. The Russian midfielder has struggled with injuries whilst at the Principality club, but having returned towards the back end of last season, he has started to flourish within Clement’s side.

Although the majority of Monaco’s attacks came down the right hand-side, the most dangerous came down the left, and through Golovin. His dribbles inside were incisive and dangerous, and he also worked nice interchanges with Breel Embolo up front; the signs for their on-field relationship are positive.

Not necessarily known for his defensive work, he was also intelligent in the press, forcing the opposition to play passes inside and into a congested area of the pitch. His implementation of Clement’s pressing instructions was another key arm of Monaco’s defensive efforts. A place in L’Équipe’s team of the week was just reward for his efforts.

Whilst Rennes certainly played a part in their failure to take all three points from the Stade Louis II, Monaco’s defensive solidity and “solidarity” as Clement put it, were worthy of a point – and perhaps more.



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