London: Two UK universities occupy the top spots in a global ranking for the first time.The University of Oxford is top of the Times Higher Education World University Rankings, with Cambridge University second, up from fourth place last year. Unfortunately no university from India is in the top 250 list.
A key factor in the rankings is income and both universities saw this rise in the past year, partly in the form of European Union research grants.
Times Higher Education, which compiles the rankings, said that margins were extremely tight at the top, with all the top-ranked institutions excelling against measures in teaching, research, citations, international outlook and income.
But Oxford and Cambridge saw significant increases in their total institutional income – up 24% and 11% respectively while their nearest rivals, the California Institute of Technology and Stanford University saw falls in income. The top of the global ranking of 1,000 universities in 77 countries is dominated by US institutions.
Times Higher: Top 20 Global Universites
1: Oxford University
2: Cambridge University
3: California Institute of Technology
4: Stanford University
5: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
6: Harvard University
7: Princeton University
8: Imperial College London
9: University of Chicago
10: ETH Zurich – Swiss Federal Institute of Technology
11: University of Pennsylvania
12: Yale University
13: Johns Hopkins University
14: Columbia University
15: University of California, Los Angeles
16: University College London
17: Duke University
18: University of California, Berkeley
19: Cornell University
20: Northwestern University