Colleges and universities around the world have been vying for a spot on the Best colleges list. This helps them attract students from other parts of the globe to grab a seat. The Times Higher Education World University Rankings does exactly that, it lists down the top universities and colleges across the world which excel across parameters, including academic provisions, other activities and several other parameters.
The rankings for the year show clear evidence that the leading universities across both the US and the UK rule above the rest of them all. Sitting high on the 1st spot is Harvard University followed by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 3rd place going to the University of Cambridge. Hot on trails on the 4th place is the Stanford University, the University of California, and Berkeley in fifth.
Valuable information for those who are keen on pursuing higher studies abroad is that UK has over 10 universities in the Top 100 reputation chart. The only other country to have matched or beat this record was USA with 44. However, there has been a slight slump in ratings earned by UK universities. Oxford University (6th) and University of Cambridge (3rd) continue to remain in the same position among the Top 6, but some other colleges have slipped down a few positions, however maintaining their place in the Top 100.
Phil Baty who is the Rankings Editor at Times Higher Education magazine feels that the new ranking will have an impact not only on the colleges themselves, but on the students who are seeking admission for the coming year. He also added that some of the colleges in Asia, especially China are moving their way up slowly. But clear winners are UK and USA, without a doubt.
When looking at the overall representation on the Top 100 list, USA and UK colleges lead the charts, followed by Netherlands and Japan that have 5 institutions each with Australia, France and Germany following suit with about 4 each.
Some of the key Facts related to the ranking are,
- 19 countries and regions in total are part of the world top 100 list
- UK, US, Canada and Japan are the only countries that have been represented in the Top 20 list.
- Outside of USA and UK, the only university that features in the top rank, sitting in 8th spot is University of Tokyo, Japan.
To view the list of top 100 institutions visit the Times Higher Education website.