New University Ranking puts Harvard on top

Harvard University is ranked as the No. 1 university in the world according to the Times Higher Education (THE) 2010-11. The leading higher education news publication, THE, released its first-ever international university rankings in 2010.

Times Higher Education has developed a new methodology this year with Thomson Reuters. The rankings were based on factors such as the number of doctorates awarded, the number of papers published and the amount of funding dedicated to research.

In Canada the University of Toronto is ranked as the best institution in the country (17th globally), with the University of British Columbia coming next at 30th.

In Australia the University of Melbourne took the top spot as the best Australian university (36th internationally), followed by Australian National University at 43rd internationally.

Under the new system, both Oxford and Cambridge were ranked joint sixth globally. United Sates dominated the top 5 list as follows:
1. Harvard
2. CalTech
3. MIT
4. Stanford
5. Princeton

However Cambridge led the world's top institutions in another ranking published by higher education information provider QS in 2010. It was the first non-American university ever to top the list, followed by Harvard in 2nd place globally. The QS World University Rankings rate institutions based on quality of research, graduate employability, teaching standards, among other criteria.

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