QS World University Ranking 2010

University of Cambridge is ranked No. 1 in the world and ahead of Harvard University (2nd globally, dropped a place form No. 1 spot in 2009), according to the rankings published by Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) in 2010.

The University of Cambridge was voted the best university for research quality, as selected by more than 15,000 academics around the world. It is the first non-US university to be ranked No. 1 internationally in the QS World University Rankings.

Some of the institutions with significant improvements include:
  • MIT moved up from 9th to top 5 globally.
  • University of Michigan up from 19th to 15th in 2010.
  • University of Bristol (UK) moved up seven places to 27th in 2010.
  • UC Berkeley moved up eleven places from 39th to 28th.
  • EPFL Switzerland moved up ten places to 32nd globally.
  • New York University moved up eleven places to 41st in the world.
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison jumped up 13 places to 48th globally.
  • University of Washington jumped up 25 places to 55th globally.
  • University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill jumped up 21 places to 57th.
  • Uppsala University moved up from 75th to 62nd internationally.
  • University of California, San Diego up from 76th to 65th.
  • LMU Germany made a big jump of 32 places to 66th globally.
  • University of Sheffield moved up from 82nd to 69th this year.
  • Free University of Berlin made a big jump of 24 places to 70th.
  • University of Nottingham moved up from 91st to 73rd in the world.
  • University of Helsinki made it to world's top 100 (from 108th to 75th).
The top 10 universities in the world:
1 University of Cambridge UK
2 Harvard University USA
3 Yale University USA
4 UCL (University College London) UK
5 MIT USA
6 University of Oxford UK
7 Imperial College London UK
8 University of Chicago USA
9 California Institute of Technology (Caltech) USA
10 Princeton University USA
Source: Quacquarelli Symonds Ltd 2010. www.topuniversities.com

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Top 100 Universities of the World (ARWU 2010)

World Top 200 Universities 2010

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