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September 08, 2010

Cambridge University named world's best

Harvard has lost first place to Cambridge in a league table of the world's top universities. This is the first time in the list's seven year history that the Ivy League institution hasn't claimed the number one position.

UK universities did well with University College London (3rd), Oxford (6th) and Imperial (7th) in the top 10, while King's College London and Edinburgh appeared in the top 25.

US universities, however, took 31 of the top 100 spots and Harvard, which takes its name from John Harvard, an alumnus of Cambridge and its first benefactor, was still most popular among the 5,000 employers polled worldwide.

Cambridge was voted best for research quality in a survey of 15,000 academics. It has an outstanding pedigree with famous figures ranging from Newton, Darwin, Cromwell and Babbage to Rowan Williams, Emma Thompson and Douglas Adams having studied there. Cambridge took overall first place, which also use citation counts from a database of academic publishing to determine the rankings.

Tokyo University and Kyoto University were the highest-ranked Japanese institutions taking 24th and 25th place respectively. Waseda is ranked 182nd whilst Keio doesn't make it into the top 200.

Reported by: Russell Willis

See also:
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University of Cambridge CELTA in Japan

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