Wednesday, November 14, 2007

The World University Rankings 2007

Martin Ince reveals the winners and losers in The Times Higher-QS World University Rankings 2007. The world's top ten universities are in the UK or the US, according to the annual Times Higher-QS World University Rankings published with this issue.
Harvard has emerged as the world's top university for the fourth time in succession, with Cambridge, Oxford and Yale universities all tied for second place. The UK has four institutions in the top ten this year, compared with three last year. Imperial College London makes fifth place, up from ninth last year. University College London rose 16 places, making it to ninth place. Princeton, California Institute of Technology, Chicago and Massachusetts Institute of Technology make up the rest of the top ten....
The rankings confirm the modest world status of universities in continental Europe, with the top university being France's Ecole Normale Superieure in 26th place. This places continental Europe behind institutions in Canada, Australia, Japan and Hong Kong, the US and UK.
The top 200 includes four from the developing world: two in Brazil, one from Mexico and, for the first time, an African university, Cape Town, in 200th place.
A total of 28 nations have at least one institution in the 200. Virtually every university in Australia is in the rankings, with 12 representatives, while the Netherlands, with 11, emerges as continental Europe's principal power in higher education.

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