The World University Rankings are hugely important to Universities, particularly for recruiting overseas students. But how do UK Universities fair?
There are many different lists published each year, some rating Universities by subjects.Most rankings are based on evidence like research publications, international presence and the opinions of employers and academics.
1.Massachusetts Institute of Technology
4.California Institute of Technology
7.University College, London
8.Imperial College, London
10. ETH Zurich
The top three in this list are unchanged from last year. UK Universitities do feature but many are ranking lower than they did last year. London has the highest concentration of top Universities with 4 in the top 50 and 17 in the overall rankings.
The highest ranked UK Universities are:
7. University College, London
8. Imperial College, London
9. Kings College, London
23. Kings College, London
35. London School of Economics and Political Science
92. St Andrews
127. Queen Mary, University of London
Exactly why UK Universities have slipped is up for debate. The Higher Education Policy Institute has blamed funding for the lower rankings. Tuition fees have been frozen and research funding has also not grown as fast as in previous years which together may have affected the placings of UK Universities.