World’s top 100 universities 2013: their reputations ranked by Times Higher Education

Harvard has topped a reputation ranking of worldwide universities, with US the_world_reputation_logoinstitutions taking more than 40 places on the top 100 list complied by Times Higher Education. The 2013 rankings, show the US dominating the list with more than 40 institutions in the top 100.

Following Harvard are Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Cambridge university, taking second and third place respectively. Oxford university has climbed two places since the 2012 rankings, to take fourth place and Stanford university has dropped down to sixth.

The rankings also highlight a big improvement for Australia which now has six

Sever Hall, Harvard University

Sever Hall, Harvard University

universities represented in the top 100 – the third highest representation in the list behind the US and the UK. Australia has two new entries: the university of New South Wales and Monash university.

With nine universities in the top 100, the UK has the second highest number of representatives after the US. University College London (UCL) has moved up one place to 20th and the London School of Economics (LSE) has jumped up to 25th in the latest rankings. Manchester university has entered the top 50 for the first time and Edinburgh university, the only Scottish institution in the list, has moved up three places to 46th place. It’s not such good news for Leeds university though, the university has dropped out of the top 100 since the 2012 rankings placed them within the 81-90 band.

The visualisation below shows how 2013’s top 25 institutions by reputation have switched positions since the 2011 edition of this report. Harvard, MIT and Cambridge have been first, second and third respectively every year, while LSE, UCLA and Columbia University (NY) have seen the largest rises over that period.

The annual world reputation rankings, a subsidiary of the Times Higher Education world university rankings, are based based on the results of the Academic Reputation Survey carried out by Ipsos MediaCT for Thomson Reuters. The full methodology for the rankings along with the individual scores by university can be found on the Times Higher Education site.

The latest release by Times Higher Education ranking brings to attention a group that the university ranking specialists have dubbed the ‘super-brands’ – a collection of elite Anglo-American universities making up the top six. According to the latest release the ‘super-brands’, headed by Harvard and including MIT, Cambridge, Oxford, the University of California, Berkeley and Stanford University are “heads and shoulders above the rest”. Here are some other findings from the release:

• Five countries are represented in the top 20: the US, UK, Japan, Canada and Switzerland
• The University of Tokyo at 9th place, is the highest ranking university outside of the UK or US
• Six countries (compared with only four last year) have one representative in the top 100: Brazil, Taiwan, Belgium, Israel, Russia and Turkey
• Japan, the Netherlands and Germany each have five top 100 institutions, with Germany gaining a new entrant in 2013 (Freie Universität Berlin)

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Times Higher Education world reputation rankings

2013 Rank2012 Rank2011 RankInstitutionCountry
111Harvard UniversityUS
222Massachusetts Institute of TechnologyUS
333University of CambridgeUK
466University of OxfordUK
554University of California, BerkeleyUS
645Stanford UniversityUS
777Princeton UniversityUS
8912University of California, Los AngelesUS
988University of TokyoJapan
10109Yale UniversityUS
111110California Institute of TechnologyUS
121213University of MichiganUS
131523Columbia UniversityUS
141415University of ChicagoUS
141311Imperial College LondonUK
161617University of TorontoCanada
171616Cornell UniversityUS
181922University of PennsylvaniaUS
191814Johns Hopkins UniversityUS
202119University College LondonUK
202224Swiss Federal Institute of Technology ZürichSwitzerland
222327National University of SingaporeSingapore
232018Kyoto UniversityJapan
242321University of Illinois at Urbana ChampaignUS
252937London School of Economics and Political ScienceUK
263728Carnegie Mellon UniversityUS
273231University of Texas at AustinUS
272826University of WashingtonUS
293451-60New York UniversityUS
302725University of Wisconsin-MadisonUS
312531University of British ColumbiaCanada
313336Duke UniversityUS
312529McGill UniversityCanada
343630University of California, San DiegoUS
353035Tsinghua UniversityChina
363942The University of Hong KongHong Kong
373540Northwestern UniversityUS
384139Georgia Institute of TechnologyUS
394345University of MelbourneAustralia
403134University of California, San FranciscoUS
4151-6051-60Seoul National UniversityKorea, Republic Of
424451-60Australian National UniversityAustralia
423919University of MassachusettsUS
444248Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität MünchenGermany
453843Peking UniversityChina
464945University of EdinburghUK
4751-6061-70University of ManchesterUK
484438University of California, DavisUS
495051-60The University of SydneyAustralia
50Lomonosov Moscow State UniversityRussian Federation
504747Purdue UniversityUS
51-6051-6049Delft University of TechnologyNetherlands
51-6061-7071-80École Polytechnique Fédérale de LausanneSwitzerland
51-6091-100Middle East Technical UniversityTurkey
51-604743University of MinnesotaUS
51-604641University of North Carolina at Chapel HillUS
51-6051-6051-60The Ohio State UniversityUS
51-6051-6050Osaka UniversityJapan
51-6051-6061-70Pennsylvania State UniversityUS
51-6051-6051-60University of California, Santa BarbaraUS
51-6061-7081-90National Taiwan UniversityTaiwan
61-7061-7091-100The Hong Kong University of Science and TechnologyHong Kong
61-7051-6051-60Karolinska InstituteSweden
61-7061-7061-70King’s College LondonUK
61-7081-9091-100Korea Advanced Institute of Science and TechnologyKorea, Republic Of
61-7081-9081-90Leiden UniversityNetherlands
61-7061-70University of São PauloBrazil
61-7061-7071-80University of Southern CaliforniaUS
61-7061-7061-70Technische Universität MünchenGermany
61-7051-6051-60Tohoku UniversityJapan
61-7051-6051-60Tokyo Institute of TechnologyJapan
71-8061-70Hebrew University of JerusalemIsrael
71-8061-7071-80Humboldt-Universität zu BerlinGermany
71-8081-9081-90Katholieke Universiteit LeuvenBelgium
71-8071-8071-80Michigan State UniversityUS
71-8081-9091-100Nanyang Technological UniversitySingapore
71-8071-80Université Paris-SorbonneFrance
71-8061-7051-60University of PittsburghUS
71-8071-8081-90The University of Queensland AustraliaAustralia
71-8071-8081-90Universität HeidelbergGermany
81-9071-8081-90University of AmsterdamNetherlands
81-9091-10061-70Boston UniversityUS
81-9081-90Brown UniversityUS
81-9081-90The Chinese University of Hong KongHong Kong
81-9091-10061-70École PolytechniqueFrance
81-9081-9061-70University of FloridaUS
81-90The University of New South WalesAustralia
81-9091-100Université Pierre et Marie CurieFrance
81-9091-10071-80Rutgers, The State University of New JerseyUS
81-9071-8071-80Utrecht UniversityNetherlands
81-9071-8071-80Washington University in St LouisUS
91-10091-10081-90University of BristolUK
91-100Freie Universität BerlinGermany
91-10081-9071-80Lund UniversitySweden
91-100University of Maryland, College ParkUS
91-100Monash UniversityAustralia
91-10091-100Université Paris-SudFrance
91-10071-8081-90Texas A&M UniversityUS
91-10071-8061-70Uppsala UniversitySweden
91-10091-100Wageningen University and Research CenterNetherlands

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