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Harvard University come 1st in Times World Reputation Rankings 2015

Full coverage of Times Higher Education’s World Reputation Rankings 2015, including the high-climbers and the countries boasting the most prestigious universities in the world...

Harvard first in Times World Reputation Rankings
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Harvard University have been named the most prestigious university in the world in the 2015 instalment of Times Higher Education’s World Reputation Rankings.

The world-leading Massachusetts university – which boasts alumni like Barack Obama, John F. Kennedy and Natalie Portman – retains the top spot for the 5th year in a row (in fact Harvard has come top every year in the rankings’ short history). Harvard came 2nd in Times’ World University Rankings for 2014-2015 last October.

Meanwhile the UK’s premiere institutions Cambridge (2nd) and Oxford (3rd) have pushed MIT and Stanford into 4th and 5th place.

The rankings have quickly attracted widespread acclaim as a measure of university prestige, itself a major factor for universities in attracting the top academic talent to both teach and study with them. Investment and partnerships also come about from a university’s reputation.

The US and UK dominate the top 10. Harvard is the leader of 6 “super-brand” universities whose reputations stand head and shoulders above the rest. This elite group include Cambridge, Oxford, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (4th), Stanford University (5th) and the University of California, Berkley (6th). Meanwhile American institutions make up 43 of the top 100, while British institutions follow making up 12 of the top 100.

The results come from an invitation-only opinion poll taken by 10,507 responses from 150 countries.

Phil Baty spoke on the UK’s strong year amidst the country’s upcoming general election:

‘It is clear from this latest research that the UK is punching well above its weight in higher education globally with many of the most prestigious universities in the world – real jewels in the UK’s crown. But these incredibly valuable assets need to be carefully protected. As we head towards a general election we need a clear vision for how their future funding will be protected as other nations invest heavily in their top universities and increase spending on research.’

 

Other highlights:

  • Germany remains the third best-represented nation in the list, with six top 100 universities led by Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich
  • Russia gained a new top-100 institution in St Petersburg while its national flagship, Lomonosov Moscow State University jumping from the 51-60 band into 25th place
  • Asia’s number one performer is the University of Tokyo, slipping one place to 12th in the world
  • China gained much ground with its top institution, Tsinghua University rising ten places to 26th
  • London and Paris are the world cities with the highest number of top ranked universities this year

 

Full Times Higher Education World Reputation Rankings 2015

2015 reputation rank

Institution

Country / region

1

Harvard University

United States

2

University of Cambridge

United Kingdom

3

University of Oxford

United Kingdom

4

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

United States

5

Stanford University

United States

6

University of California, Berkeley

United States

7

Princeton University

United States

8

Yale University

United States

9

California Institute of Technology

United States

10

Columbia University

United States

11

University of Chicago

United States

12

University of Tokyo

Japan

13

University of California, Los Angeles

United States

14

Imperial College London

United Kingdom

15

ETH Zürich – Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich

Switzerland

16

University of Toronto

Canada

17

University College London

United Kingdom

18

Johns Hopkins University

United States

19

University of Michigan

United States

20

Cornell University

United States

20

New York University

United States

22

London School of Economics and Political Science

United Kingdom

23

University of Pennsylvania

United States

24

National University of Singapore

Singapore

25

Lomonosov Moscow State University

Russian Federation

26

Tsinghua University

China

27

Kyoto University

Japan

28

Carnegie Mellon University

United States

29

University of Edinburgh

United Kingdom

30

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

United States

31

King’s College London

United Kingdom

32

Peking University

China

33

University of Washington

United States

34

Duke University

United States

35

Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich

Germany

35

McGill University

Canada

37

University of British Columbia

Canada

38

University of California, San Francisco

United States

38

Heidelberg University

Germany

38

University of Wisconsin-Madison

United States

41

University of California, San Diego

United States

41

Humboldt University of Berlin

Germany

41

University of Melbourne

Australia

44

University of California, Davis

United States

45

Karolinska Institute

Sweden

46

University of Texas at Austin

United States

47

Northwestern University

United States

48

École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne

Switzerland

49

Georgia Institute of Technology

United States

50

University of Manchester

United Kingdom

51-60

University of Amsterdam

Netherlands

 

Australian National University

Australia

 

Delft University of Technology

Netherlands

 

Free University of Berlin

Germany

 

University of Hong Kong

Hong Kong

 

Katholieke Universiteit Leuven

Belgium

 

Panthéon-Sorbonne University – Paris 1

France

 

Paris-Sorbonne University – Paris 4

France

 

University of São Paulo

Brazil

 

Seoul National University

Republic of Korea

 

University of Sydney

Australia

61-70

University of California, Santa Barbara

United States

 

École Normale Supérieure

France

 

Leiden University

Netherlands

 

National Taiwan University

Taiwan

 

University of North Carolina*

United States

 

Pennsylvania State University

United States

 

University of Southern California

United States

 

Technical University of Munich

Germany

 

Wageningen University and Research Center

Netherlands

71-80

Boston University

United States

 

Brown University

United States

 

Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

Hong Kong

 

Michigan State University

United States

 

University of Minnesota

United States

 

National Autonomous University of Mexico

Mexico

 

University of Pittsburgh

United States

 

Purdue University

United States

 

Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey

United States

 

Utrecht University

Netherlands

81-90

University of Copenhagen

Denmark

 

Durham University

United Kingdom

 

University of Helsinki

Finland

 

Ohio State University

United States

 

University of Queensland

Australia

 

Saint Petersburg State University

Russian Federation

 

Texas A&M University

United States

 

University of Warwick

United Kingdom

 

Washington University in St Louis

United States

 

Uppsala University

Sweden

91-100

University of Bristol

United Kingdom

 

École Polytechnique

France

 

London Business School

United Kingdom

 

University of Maryland, College Park

United States

 

University of Massachusetts

United States

 

Mayo Medical School

United States

 

Monash University

Australia

 

Nanyang Technological University

Singapore

 

Pasteur Institute

France

 

RWTH Aachen University

Germany

 

 

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Paul Ellett is the editor for Hotcourses Abroad. His role is to plan, produce and share editorial, videos, infographics, eBooks and any other content to inform prospective and current international students about their study abroad experience. When he's not thinking about student visas in Sweden and application deadlines, Paul is an avid fan of comedy podcasts and Nicolas Cage films.