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London performs strongly in new global university rankings

Published: Sunday, 20 September 2015   Category: All Graduate Jobs News

London is the only city in the world to have four universities in the world top 50, according to a new ranking.

While The Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the USA held on to top spot in the QS World Universities 2015/16 rankings, UK institutions accounted for a fifth of the top 50.

The best UK-based performer was the University of Cambridge in joint third, tied with Stanford University and just behind second-placed Harvard University.

The University of Oxford, University College London and Imperial College London all featured in the top ten, taking positions six, seven and eight respectively.

But it was the performance of London’s institutions that made for particularly impressive reading, with Mayor Boris Johnson describing the city as the “education capital of the world”.

After London with four, Boston and New York had three institutions in the top 50 while Paris, Sydney, Hong Kong and Beijing all had two. 

Mr Johnson said London’s education sector “is going from strength to strength” which is helping to attract the best talent from around the world.

Other top UK performers included Kings College London which snuck into the top 20, taking joint 19th position in the ranking, while the University of Edinburgh took 21st place.

The University of Manchester took 33rd position in the global list, with the London School of Economics two places behind in 35th.

The Universities of Bristol and Warwick also appeared in the top 50, in positions 37 and 48 respectively.

A number of other institutions in the UK appeared in the top 100, including Durham University (61), University of Glasgow (joint 62), University of St Andrews (68) and the University of Nottingham (70).

These institutions were joined by the Universities of Birmingham (76), Sheffield (80), Southampton (81) and Leeds (joint 87).

The global top ten universities

1. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA
2. Harvard University, USA
3= University of Cambridge, UK
3= Stanford University, UK
5. California Institute of Technology (CALTECH), USA
6. University of Oxford, UK
7. University College London, UK
8. Imperial College London
9. Eth Zurich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology), Switzerland
10. University of Chicago

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