UCD climbs in world rankings

London's top universities have all seen their global standing slip in the past year, according to the The Times Higher Education (THE). The United States has 44 universities in the list, up from 42 previous year.

Top American colleges 'earned their reputations over the whole 20th century and beyond and have not slipped in standard, so they are hard to displace, ' said analyst Simon Marginson.

Meanwhile, India features in the table for the first time since 2011, with its flagship institution, the Indian Institute of Science, making the 91-100 banding.

Commenting on the higher rankings by NUS and NTU, Mr Phil Baty, the editorial director for global rankings at Times Higher Education, said: "The growing strength of both institutions seems to be increasingly matched by rising prestige among the global scholarly community". "However, this new data shows just how hard it is for emerging powers to break into the traditional global elite", he said. Kyoto, Osaka and Tohoku universities have all seen a fall in their global standing in the reputation rankings this year too.”.

Mr Baty said: "The UK has some of the most prestigious universities in the world, admired across the continents".

“The National University of Singapore climbs three places to 24 – narrowing its distance from the top Chinese institutions – and Nanyang Technological University moves from the 81-90 band to the 51-60 bracket.”.

Hebrew U. shares the 91-100 list with the University of Colorado Boulder, USA; University of Copenhagen, Denmark: École Polytechnique, France; University of Helsinki, Finland; Indian Institute of Science, India: Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, Russian Federation: University of Pittsburgh, USA; Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, USA; RWTH Aachen University, Germany; Uppsala University, Sweden; Wageningen University & Research, the Netherlands; and the University of Zurich, Switzerland.

CWUR uses seven objective indicators to rank the world's universities without relying on surveys and university data submissions.

Administered by Elsevier, the survey “targets experienced, published scholars, who offer their views on excellence in research and teaching within their disciplines and at institutions with which they are familiar”.

  • Joey Payne