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UK universities slide down world reputation rankings table

15 March 2012

The number of UK universities in the world's top 100 based has fallen from 12 to 10 and three of those (Imperial College, University College London and the University of Edinburgh) have slipped down the table, according to new reputation-based rankings released today by Times Higher Education.

UCU said that while the UK continued to punch above its weight on the global stage, the government had to recognise the advances being made in other countries, particularly those investing more in their higher education sectors.

US and UK institutions dominate the top positions in the World Reputation Rankings from Times Higher Education with Harvard crowned the world's best university based on reputation alone. The University of Cambridge once again beats the University of Oxford to the UK's number one slot.  However, the strong performance from universities in East Asia suggests the start of a power shift from West to East.

UCU general secretary, Sally Hunt, said: 'The UK continues to punch above its weight on the global stage, but while other countries, particularly in Asia, are investing in their universities our sector is beset by funding uncertainties caused by ill-thought through government policy.

'Our brilliant universities need secure and sustained funding if we are to maintain our proud international position. Higher education is one thing we do well globally, but it cannot be done on the cheap.'


The Times Higher Education World Reputation Rankings 2012

2012 reputation rank

University

Country

2011 reputation rank

1

Harvard University

United States

1

2

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

United States

2

3

University of Cambridge

United Kingdom

3

4

Stanford University

United States

5

5

University of California, Berkeley

United States

4

6

University of Oxford

United Kingdom

6

7

Princeton University

United States

7

8

University of Tokyo

Japan

8

9

University of California, Los Angeles

United States

12

10

Yale University

United States

9

11

California Institute of Technology

United States

10

12

University of Michigan

United States

13

13

Imperial College London

United Kingdom

11

14

University of Chicago

United States

15

15

Columbia University

United States

23

16

Cornell University

United States

16

16

University of Toronto

Canada

17

18

Johns Hopkins University

United States

14

19

University of Pennsylvania

United States

22

20

Kyoto University

Japan

18

21

University College London

United Kingdom

19

22

Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zürich

Switzerland

24

23

University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign

United States

21

23

National University of Singapore

Singapore

27

25

University of British Columbia

Canada

31

25

McGill University

Canada

29

27

University of Wisconsin-Madison

United States

25

28

University of Washington

United States

26

29

London School of Economics and Political Science

United Kingdom

37

30

Tsinghua University

China

35

31

University of California, San Francisco

United States

34

32

University of Texas at Austin

United States

31

33

Duke University

United States

36

34

New York University

United States

51-60

35

Northwestern University

United States

40

36

University of California, San Diego

United States

30

37

Carnegie Mellon University

United States

28

38

Peking University

China

43

39

The University of Hong Kong

Hong Kong

42

39

University of Massachusetts

United States

19

41

Georgia Institute of Technology

United States

39

42

Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München

Germany

48

43

University of Melbourne

Australia

45

44

Australian National University

Australia

51-60

44

University of California, Davis

United States

38

46

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

United States

41

47

University of Minnesota

United States

43

47

Purdue University

United States

47

49

University of Edinburgh

United Kingdom

45

50

The University of Sydney

Australia

51-60

51-60

Delft University of Technology

Netherlands

49

51-60

Karolinska Institute

Sweden

51-60

51-60

University of Manchester

United Kingdom

61-70

51-60

The Ohio State University

United States

51-60

51-60

Osaka University

Japan

50

51-60

Pennsylvania State University

United States

61-70

51-60

University of California, Santa Barbara

United States

51-60

51-60

Seoul National University

Korea, Republic of

51-60

51-60

Tohoku University

Japan

51-60

51-60

Tokyo Institute of Technology

Japan

51-60

61-70

École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne

Switzerland

71-80

61-70

Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Israel

#N/A

61-70

The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

Hong Kong

91-100

61-70

Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Germany

71-80

61-70

King's College London

United Kingdom

61-70

61-70

Technische Universität München

Germany

61-70

61-70

University of Pittsburgh

United States

51-60

61-70

University of São Paulo

Brazil

#N/A

61-70

University of Southern California

United States

71-80

61-70

National Taiwan University

Taiwan

81-90

71-80

University of Amsterdam

Netherlands

81-90

71-80

Universität Heidelberg

Germany

81-90

71-80

Michigan State University

United States

71-80

71-80

Université Paris-Sorbonne

France

#N/A

71-80

The University of Queensland Australia

Australia

81-90

71-80

Texas A&M University

United States

81-90

71-80

Uppsala University

Sweden

61-70

71-80

Utrecht University

Netherlands

71-80

71-80

Washington University in St Louis

United States

71-80

71-80

University of Zürich

Switzerland

61-70

81-90

Brown University

United States

#N/A

81-90

The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Hong Kong

#N/A

81-90

University of Florida

United States

61-70

81-90

Katholieke Universiteit Leuven

Belgium

81-90

81-90

Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology

Korea, Republic of

91-100

81-90

University of Leeds

United Kingdom

81-90

81-90

Leiden University

Netherlands

81-90

81-90

Lund University

Sweden

71-80

81-90

Nanyang Technological University

Singapore

91-100

81-90

Tel Aviv University

Israel

#N/A

91-100

University of Arizona

United States

71-80

91-100

Boston University

United States

61-70

91-100

University of Bristol

United Kingdom

81-90

91-100

École Polytechnique

France

61-70

91-100

Indiana University

United States

81-90

91-100

Middle East Technical University

Turkey

#N/A

91-100

Université Paris-Sud

France

#N/A

91-100

Université Pierre et Marie Curie

France

#N/A

91-100

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

United States

71-80

91-100

Wageningen University and Research Center

Netherlands

#N/A

Last updated: 11 December 2015

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