Oxford and Cambridge among top four global unis

Oxford and Cambridge among top four global unis
Published:  1 Aug at 9 AM
The UK’s two leading universities have been rated among the top four in the world by a leading UK education magazine. The Times Higher Education (THE) university listings for 2013 ranked Cambridge University third and Oxford University fourth.

Cambridge attained the same ranking that it had held for the last two years. Oxford leapt up two places from sixth, the position it had been in on the tables for both 2011 and 2012.

There was also no change in the ratings for the planet’s top two universities. Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology came first and second respectively, the same rankings they had held for the previous two years.

US academic institutions dominated the THE top 100 for 2013 with more than 40 of the nation’s academic establishments featuring. The UK came second with the number of universities in the top 100 but was some way behind the US and had just nine universities in the table.

As well as Cambridge and Oxford, the other five UK universities in the top half of the table were the Imperial College London (14), University College London (20), the London School of Economics (25), the University of Edinburgh (46) and the University of Manchester (47). King's College London and the University of Bristol were the only UK institutions to appear on the lower half of the table.

Academics in the UK warned earlier this week that the UK was slipping down the table of countries with the planet’s elite universities. They say the fact the UK has three less universities in the top 100 than it did in 2011 shows that only our most prestigious establishments can compete in the global marketplace.