Harvard University retains No 1 spot

Harvard University retains No 1 spot

However, none of the Indian universities figure among the top 100 varsities of the world, with America and UK dominating the scene, says a report published on Thursday. According to the QS/Times Higher Education rankings, the University College London leapfrogged Oxford University as the latter slipped from fourth to joint fifth position along with Imperial College, London. Overall, the UK still punches above its weight, second only to the US, the report said. It has four out of the top 10 slots and 18 in the top 100.

The number of Asian universities in the list of top 100 has increased from 14 to 16.  The University of Tokyo, at 22, is the highest ranked Asian university, ahead of the University of Hong Kong that stands at 24.

Leading UK universities said institutions in Japan, South Korea and Hong Kong were “snapping at the heels” of western institutions, arguing they need more funding to compete globally. However, there has been a significant fall in the number of North American universities in the top 100, from 42 in 2008 to 36 this year.

The rankings are based on an international survey of 9,000 academics who assessed the institutions’ research facility, teaching quality and ability to recruit staff and students abroad.

The top 10 universities are: Harvard (US), Cambridge (UK), Yale(US), UCL, London (UK), Imperial College, London and Oxford (both UK, joint 5), Chicago (US), Princeton (US), MIT, Massachusetts (US) and California Institute of Technology (US).