March 6, 2014
World University Reputation Rankings 2014 dominated by prestige brands from US and UK
Universities from just two countries - the US and the UK - comprise the top 10 of the Times Higher Education World Reputation Rankings 2014.
A group of six “super-brands” holds a clear advantage over the rest, with Harvard University consolidating its position at the top of the table.
• This ranking lists universities on the basis of their reputation and prestige.
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Stanford University, the University of Cambridge, the University of Oxford and the University of California, Berkeley complete the top six, with Princeton University, Yale University, the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) and the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) just behind.
The University of Tokyo, the only institution from outside the US or the UK to make the top 10 last year, drops two places to 11th.
The US and the UK are followed by Germany, which has six institutions in the top 100. France loses two representatives, leaving it with two in the table, and the Netherlands also loses ground as Wageningen University and Research Centre drops out.
Australia, which saw two universities enter the top 100 last year, slips back, with Monash University - a new entrant in 2013 - exiting the table, leaving the country with five representatives.
In Asia, Japan remains the strongest performer, with five representatives. China’s top-ranked institution, Tsinghua University, slips one place to 36th but Peking University climbs four places to 41st. No higher education institute from India finds place among top 200 reputed universities of the world.
Compiled by Thomson Reuters, the World Reputation Rankings 2014 are based on responses from about 10,500 leading academics in 133 countries, who were asked to nominate up to 15 of the best institutions in their field of expertise.
“A university’s reputation for academic excellence is absolutely vital to its success,” said THE rankings editor Phil Baty. “While reputation is based on subjective opinion, in this case it is the informed, expert opinion of those in the know — experienced scholars from around the world.”