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USA and Europe dominate world university rankings

Published: Wednesday, 19 August 2015   Category: All Graduate Jobs News

American and European institutions have continued to dominate the latest Academic Ranking of World Universities, but those in China have seen considerable improvements.

More than half (51) of the top 100 spots globally are taken up by US universities, with Harvard University keeping its place at number one for a 13th consecutive year.

The rest of the top ten are unchanged from a year ago and features both the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge. 

Stanford University; the Massachusetts Institute of Technology; the University of California, Berkeley; Princeton University; the California Institute of Technology; the University of Chicago; and Columbia University complete the top ten.

UK institutions in the top 100

Nine UK universities feature in the top 100, which marks a rise from the eight that placed there 12 months ago.

The University of Warwick is the latest addition, having risen to 92nd place, while University College 
London and Imperial College London remained the best performers after Oxbridge, placed in joint 18th and 23rd respectively.

The University of Manchester took 41st place, while Edinburgh also made the top 50 globally, placing in 47th position.

King’s College London and the University of Bristol were the other two UK institutions to feature in the top fifth of the rankings.

Wendy Piatt, the director general of the Russell Group, suggested that the UK must “fend off fierce competition” from a number of other countries if it is to stay in front of the pack.

She pointed to the need for a funding boost in science, research and innovation in order to see UK institutions climbing the table while maximising their economic potential.

China and Japan

China has 32 universities in the top 500 and many of them are rising up the rankings – seven are in the top 200 while a further six can be added in the top 300.

Japan meanwhile has 18 institutions represented although many of its top performers did drop the down rankings.

All of the data is compiled by Shanghai Jiao Tong University and is based on the research prowess of every institution.

Grad Plus has a number of graduate schemes for UK students who have studied across the world and who are now hunting for work

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