Two UK universities make the top 10 in world rankings

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Oxford and Cambridge were the only two institutions from the UK to make it into the top 10 best universities in the world.

The US dominated the charts, taking the remaining eight spots. The stats, just released, come from the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU).

The top 10 universities in the world were:

1 Harvard University

2 Stanford University

3 Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

4 University of California, Berkeley

5 University of Cambridge

6 Princeton University

7 California Institute of Technology

8 Columbia University

9 University of Chicago

10 University of Oxford

Harvard was number one for the 13th year. The next British universities to feature are University College London (18), The Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine (23) and the University of Manchester (41).

University of Warwick entered the top 100 for the first time, at 92. Its vice-chancellor professor, Sir Nigel Thrift, said: “This has been a year filled with stunning international ranking results for the University of Warwick.

“It is particularly fitting that this come in the year we are celebrating the 50th anniversary of our university.”

ARWU looks at a number of factors when putting together the rankings, including alumni and staff winning Nobel Prizes and Field Medals, the number of highly cited researchers, published papers and the per capita academic performance of an institution.

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