Magazine article The Times Higher Education Supplement : THE

New Couple Join UK's A-List Talent but US Still Dominant

Magazine article The Times Higher Education Supplement : THE

New Couple Join UK's A-List Talent but US Still Dominant

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'Super league' can't be shaken from the top in THE World Reputation Rankings 2015. Chris Parr reports

The UK has increased its share of institutions in a global ranking of the world's most prestigious universities.

The results of the Times Higher Education World Reputation Rankings 2015 show that the UK now boasts 12 of the 100 most renowned higher education institutions in the world (up from 10 last year), while its two strongest performers, the University of Oxford and the University of Cambridge, have improved their positions.

The University of Bristol entered the ranking this year in the 91-100 band, while Durham University and the University of Warwick entered the 81-90 group, although the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine dropped out. Both Cambridge and Oxford climbed two places, and are ranked second and third respectively. Scotland's sole representative, the University of Edinburgh, climbed 17 places to 29th.

Vince Cable, the business secretary, said the findings illustrated "government efforts to support a world-class system that we can be proud of" but warned that other nations were "hot on our heels". He said that was why the coalition had taken steps to "secure the reputation" of UK universities through greater fee income and removal of student number caps.

The US remains dominant in the annual rankings, claiming 43 of the top 100 universities and eight of the top 10, although the total number of American institutions is down from 46 last year.

For the fifth consecutive year, the rankings highlight an elite group of six US and UK "super-brands" that hold a significant lead over the rest. …

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