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University Performance – US still dominates

Says BBC

Four of the top 10 are British and the rest American. Harvard is top and Yale, Oxford and Cambridge joint second.

University College London breaks into the top 10 for the first time and Imperial College London rises to fifth.

The annual survey by the Times Higher Education Supplement and careers and education group QS ranks according to factors including academics’ opinions.

University College London rose from 25th position last year to ninth.

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology was joint fourth last year but falls to 10th place, while Stanford falls from sixth position to 19th.

Another US university which tumbles in the rankings is the University of California, Berkeley. It was rated eighth last year but drops to 22nd place this year.


The rankings are based on a number of factors including the opinions of academics and of companies employing graduates, international student and staff numbers, and research.

The managing director of QS, Nunzio Quacquarelli, said the rankings recognised the quality of education that UK universities offer.

He said: “In an environment of increasing student mobility, the UK is putting itself forward as a top choice for students worldwide.

They are taking a closer look at the quality of faculty, international diversity and, of course, the education they will receive there.”

Asian universities improved their standing but European institutions outside of the UK fell back, the survey said.

Last year there were 41 European universities in the top 100, but in this year’s table there are 35.

The president of Universities UK, Professor Rick Trainor, said: “As this table shows, the world standing of UK higher education is at the very top.

“This is due to the high quality of our research and teaching.

“Our competitors are increasingly marketing themselves more aggressively so it is vital that the UK remains among the foremost destinations for international students and staff.”

The Top 10 in full is:

1 Harvard University (US)
2 University of Cambridge (UK)
2 University of Oxford (UK)
2 Yale University (US)
5 Imperial College London (UK)
6 Princeton University (US)
7 California Institute of Technology (US)
7 University of Chicago (US)
9 University College London (UK)
10 Massachusetts Institute of Technology (US)

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World University Rankings


1 Harvard University
2 University of Cambridge
3 University of Oxford
4Massachusetts Institute of Technology
4Yale University
6 Stanford University
7 California Institute of Technology
8 University of California, Berkeley
9 Imperial College London
10 Princeton University
11 University of Chicago
12 Columbia University
13 Duke University
14 Peking University
15 Cornell University
16 Australian National University
17 London School of Economics and Political…
18 Ecole Normale Supérieure
19National University of Singapore
19University of Tokyo
21 McGill University
22 University of Melbourne
23 Johns Hopkins University
24 ETH Zurich
25 University College London (UCL)
26 University of Pennsylvania
27 University of Toronto
28 Tsing Hua University
29Kyoto University
29University of Michigan
31 University of California, Los Angeles
32 University of Texas at Austin
33 University of Edinburgh
33 University of Hong Kong
35University of Sydney
35Carnegie Mellon University
37 École Polytechnique
38 Monash University
39 University of Geneva
40 University of Manchester
41 University of New South Wales
42 Northwestern University
43 New York University
44 University of California, San Diego
45 University of Queensland
46 King’s College London
46 University of Auckland
48University of Rochester
48Washington University in St. Louis
50Chinese University of Hong Kong
50University of British Colombia
52 Sciences Po Paris
53 Vanderbilt University
54Brown University
54University of Copenhagen
56 Emory University
57 Indian Institute of Technology
58Hong Kong University of Science & Techno…
58Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg
60 Case Western Reserve University
61Nanyang Technological University
61Dartmouth College
63 Seoul National University
64University of Bristol
64Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne…
66 Boston University
67 Eindhoven University of Technology
68 Indian Institute of Management
69 University of Amsterdam
70School of Oriental and African Studies
70Osaka University
72 Ecole Normale Supérieure Lyon
73 University of Warwick
74 Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México
75 University of Basel
76 Catholic University of Louvain
77 University of Illinois
78 University of Dublin, Trinity College
79University of Otago
79University of Wisconsin
81 University of Glasgow
82Macquarie University
82Technische Universität München
84 University of Washington
85 University of Nottingham
86 Delft University of Technology
87 University of Vienna
88 University of Pittsburgh
89 University of Lausanne
90University of Birmingham
90 Leiden University
92 Erasmus University Rotterdam
93Lomonosov Moscow State University
93Université Pierre-et-Marie-Curie
95 Utrecht University
96 Catholic University of Leuven
97 Wageningen University
98 Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
99Queen Mary, University of London
99Pennsylvania State University
101 University of Southern California
102Georgetown University
102University of Sheffield
102Rice University
105Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
105University of Adelaide
105University of Sussex
108 National Taiwan University
109University of St Andrews
109University of Zurich
111Wake Forest University
111University of Maryland
111University of Western Australia
111Uppsala University
115 University of Twente
116Fudan University
116University of Helsinki
118 Tokyo Institute of Technology
119 Hebrew University of Jerusalem
120 Keio University
120Université libre de Bruxelles
121 University of Leeds
122 Lund University
123 University of North Carolina
124University of Massachusetts, Amherst
124University of York
126 University of Aarhus
127 Purdue University
128Kyushu University
128Nagoya University
130University of Virginia
130Tufts University
132 Durham University
133University of Alberta
133Vrije University Brussels
133University of Newcastle upon Tyne
133Hokkaido University
137 Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen
138 Vienna University of Technology
139 University of Liverpool
140 Cranfield University
141 University of California, Santa Barbara
141University of Ghent
141Cardiff University
141University of Southampton
145 Georgia Institute of Technology
146 RMIT University
147Tel Aviv University
147Chalmers University of Technology
149 Freie Universität Berlin
150Texas A&M University
150Korea University
152 University of Notre Dame
153 University of Bath
154 City University of Hong Kong
155 McMaster University
156Universität Göttingen
156Curtin University of Technology
158Waseda University
158Universität Ulm
158Technion – Israel Institute of Technolog…
161Chulalongkorn University
161Université Louis Pasteur – Strasbourg I
163 Michigan State University
164 Saint-Petersburg State University
165Université libre de Bruxelles
165University of Science and Technology of …
165State University of New York at Stony Br…
168Tohoku University
168George Washington University
170Universität Tübingen
170University of California, Davis
172University of Maastricht
172Yeshiva University
172Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochsc…
172Royal Institute of Technology
176 Queen’s University
177 University of Oslo
178 University of Bern
179 Shanghai Jiao Tong University
180 Nanjing University
181Kobe University
181University of Montreal
183Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
183Jawaharlal Nehru University
185 Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia
186 University of Innsbruck
187 University of Minnesota
187 Universität Frankfurt am Main
187 Brandeis University
190 University of Barcelona
190University of Reading
192University of Malaya
192Queensland University of Technology
194 Technical University of Denmark
195 University of Aberdeen
196 University of Wollongong
197 Università degli Studi di Roma – La Sapi…
198University of California, Irvine
198Korea Advanced Institute of Science & Te…
200 Universite Paris-Sorbonne (Paris IV)

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