Oxford, Cambridge top THE rankings, Asia makes headway

The University of Cambridge has climbed two places to sit behind the University of Oxford in this year’s Times Higher Education World University Rankings, making it the first time in this league table’s history that European institutions have claimed the top two spots.

Meanwhile, universities in Asia are on the rise in the table, taking a larger share nearer the top of the rankings at the expense of European institutions.

The 2018 edition of the World University Rankings was released this week, which saw the UK’s University of Oxford retain the top spot for the second year.

Stanford University joins the California Institute of Technology in third place – Caltech held the top spot in the league table for five consecutive years before the University of Oxford.

US universities however, have not lost their prominence among the top-ranked institutions, with a total of seven featuring in the top 10 – the same amount as last year.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology held its position in fifth place.

The top five were followed by Harvard University (6th), Princeton University (7th) and Imperial College London (8th), who all also maintained last year’s positions.

The University of Chicago came in at ninth, and ETH Zurich – Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich and the University of Pennsylvania jointly ranked at 10th.

Europe however, is facing increased competition from Asian institutions as they begin to overtake European institutions in the league table.

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