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Cambridge University has ended its two-year run as the best institution worldwide, slipping down to second place behind the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the annual QS World University Rankings.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), the US University that specialises in science and technology, has taking over the top slot. Four of the top six universities in the world are in the UK, according to a new league table. University College London (UCL) in 4th place, Oxford in 5th and Imperial College London in 6th are followed by institutions in the United States.

Universities received scores in the following categories: academic reputation, employer reputation, faculty-student ratio, citations per faculty and citations per papers, number of papers per faculty, number of international faculty members and international students.

One of the table’s highest scoring measures was the increasing intake of international students and faculty members.

The top 100 universities have almost 10% more overseas students on average this year, compared to 2011. The 49 UK universities in the top 500 list have seen an 11.7% average increase in international students, compared to the previous year.

London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), UCL, School of Oriental and African Studies (Soas), St Andrews, Imperial College London and University of Essex have the highest proportion of overseas students in the UK.

QS head of research Ben Sowter said: "The unprecedented acceleration in international recruitment reflects an escalating global battle for talent. 120,000 more international students were reported by the top 500 universities this year, suggesting the global total may now exceed four million."

Australian universities, on the other hand, have shown a slower performance this year with the University of Adelaide sliding 10 places to 102. However, Australian National University led a group of Australian universities that made it to the top 100. ANU was followed by University of MelbourneUniversity of SydneyQueensland University,  New South Wales UniversityMonash University and the University of Western Australia. Their best known private institution, Bond University celebrates its first entry to the rankings scoring 380 among 700 institutions.

Australia topped the employer reputation criterion with an average score of 86.4.

 

Top 20 ranking table

 

2012 Rank

University 

Country

Overall Score

       

1

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

United States

100

2

University of Cambridge

United Kingdom

99.8

3

Harvard University

United States

99.2

4

UCL (University College London)

United Kingdom

98.7

5

University of Oxford

United Kingdom

98.6

6

Imperial College London

United Kingdom

98.3

7

Yale University

United States

97.5

8

University of Chicago

United States

96.3

9

Princeton University

United States

95.4

10

California Institute of Technology (Caltech)

United States

95.1

11

Columbia University

United States

94.7

12

University of Pennsylvania

United States

94.5

13

ETH Zurich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology)

Switzerland

92.8

14

Cornell University

United States

92.1

15

Stanford University

United States

91.7

16

Johns Hopkins University

United States

91.2

17

University of Michigan

United States

91.2

18

McGill University

Canada

90.4

19

University of Toronto

Canada

89.6

20

Duke University

United States

89.5

Source: QS World University Rankings

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