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Ten UK universities in top 100 according to global reputation

Published: Tuesday, 10 May 2016   Category: All Graduate Jobs News

Out of the top 100 of the best universities in the world, ten are from the UK when looking at global reputation, according to the latest version of the Times Higher Education (THE) rankings.

The University of Cambridge and University of Oxford have remained in the top five, placing fourth and fifth respectively, however they have fallen two places from 2015.

The list of the most powerful global university brands comes from an invitation-only academic opinion survey, taken by senior, published academics, which are seen as the people best placed to know about excellence in universities.

UK performance

Within the top third of the table sits three London universities – London School of Economics and Political Science at 24, University College London at 20 and Imperial College London at 15 – but each has fallen places since the 2015 ranking.

Also making the top 100 global reputation rankings, was the University of Edinburgh (38), King's College London (43rd), University of Manchester (joint 49), London Business School (between 81 and 90) and University of Warwick (between 81 and 90).

The number of universities from the UK in the top 100 was 12 last year, however Durham University and the University of Bristol have dropped out in 2016.


Within the rankings, the US dominates, with Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology occupying the top two places followed by Stanford University.

The most improved representation comes from Asia, who now has 17 universities in the top 100, increasing on the ten that they achieved in the previous year.

The highest rated universities from Asia were Tokyo in 12, China’s Tsinghua University which finished 18, Peking University in 21 place and the National University of Singapore in 26.

Asia has seen drastic improvement in their universities in recent years through increased funding and more risk-based and a proportionate approach to regulation.

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