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University rankings by reputation are announced

Harvard vs. Yale university rankings

The World University rankings based on reputation, the world’s largest survey of academic opinion, have been recently published, providing a unique insight into the shifting academic prestige of institutions.

This year’s rankings present clear evidence of an elite group of US and UK global “super-brands” above the rest of the pack. The group is headed by Harvard University in 1st, followed by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (2nd), the University of Cambridge (3rd), Stanford University (4th), the University of California, Berkeley (5th) and the University of Oxford (6th).

However, some of the UK's leading universities have dropped several places since last year, while China's universities have improved their performance. In general, the performance of Asian universities in countries such as China, Australia (University of Melbourne), Taiwan (National Taiwan University) and Singapore (National University of Singapore)  was highlighted by the respondents of the survey.

The survey was carried out among the world’s most prominent academics, compiling their perceptions of the best universities and departments in 6 specific areas: physical sciences, engineering and technology, social sciences, clinical subjects, life sciences and arts and humanities. This year’s results are based on a record 17,554 responses.

Phil Baty, editor of Times Higher Education Rankings, said:

“In a highly competitive global marketplace, those universities who enjoy the best reputations get to reap all the spoils – taking their pick of the best professors, creaming off the most talented students (whose degree certificates will be a passport to career success) attracting the most lucrative research partnerships and business contracts, as well as persuading benefactors to part with their money. When it comes to global prestige, the winner takes all.

“But while top reputations can take many years, even centuries to build, in today’s information-rich, fast-moving and interconnected world, universities cannot sit back and rely on their history. New forces are emerging and signs of declining performance among the establishment are quickly identified, shared and spread. Established reputations can be highly vulnerable.

Stanford University ranked 4th according to academics.

There are several other league tables of the world's universities, but the recent rankings are based on the universities’ reputation among experienced academics and researchers. However, Universities are likely to use the rankings to judge their performance and make decisions over funding and future projects.

The Times Higher Education World Reputation Rankings are part of the portfolio of university ranking systems that have established Times Higher Education as the most respected and cited provider of comparative university performance data in the world. The reputation rankings are based on a global, invitation-only opinion poll carried out by Ipsos for Times Higher Education’s rankings data supplier, Thomson Reuters.


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