UK Universities Gain Places on Top 100 List, US Slips

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According to the recently-released 2015 Times Higher Education world reputation ratings, 12 of the world’s 100 most prestigious universities are located in the United Kingdom.

The UK came in last year with 10 universities making the top 100. Harvard University came in yet again as the top school on the annual list of most prestigious universities in the world.

Cambridge University and Oxford University, both located in the UK, came in second and third this year, pushing the Massachusetts Institute of Technology down to fourth place and Stanford University to fifth.

While London and Paris came in tied for the number one spot as the city with the highest number of top ranked universities, London ended up beating out Paris as the city with more highly ranked institutions, writes Rebecca Marriage for Relocate.

The rankings this year continue to highlight a particular group of six institutions from the US and UK, labeling them as “super-brands,” with Harvard University leading the pack. This trend has continued for the past five years.

In all, the US came in first with 26 universities out of the top 50 on the list and a total of 43 institutions on the complete list, although that number is down from 46 last year. Of the universities that made the most progress this year within the US, Columbia University came in 10th, up from 23 in 2011, the first year of the survey. New York University also made great strides, climbing to 20th place from outside the top 50 in 2011.

The UK came in second for most top 100 schools with 12 in total, up from 10 just last year, and nine in 2013.

A number of schools in the UK also made progress on the list over the years, with University College London moving from 25th place to 17th, the London School of Economics coming at 20th from 22nd, and King’s College London rising 8 spots to 31st this year.

Manchester came in at the 50th spot this year, and Bristol found its way back into the ratings within the 91-100 band after being dropped last year.  Warwick and Durham found their way onto the list for the first time this year, making it into the 81-90 band, writes Sarah Harris for The Daily Mail.

Scotland held strong with one representative within the top global institutions. Edinburgh University came in at 29th place this year, rising from 46th.

Universities, Science and Cities Minister Greg Clark said, “It’s no coincidence that British universities continue to come out on top of international league tables like this. UK higher education has a long-standing reputation for excellence and more UK and international students than ever before are signing up to benefit from their teachings and world leading facilities.”

The results come from the views of a global panel of leading academics.