Times World University Rankings 2011-2012

California Institute of Technology is ranked No. 1 among the world's best research universities by the Times Higher Education in its 2011-2012 world university rankings, beating Harvard University in the ranking for the first time. Harvard is now ranked No. 2 in the world, tied with Stanford University.

The US dominated the rankings with 75 institutions placed in global top 200, followed by the UK with 32 in the top 200, and both Netherlands and Germany with 12 each.

In Asia, the University of Tokyo (Japan) is the highest ranked institution (30th globally). Other top ranked Asian institutions include: University of Hong Kong (34th), National University of Singapore (40th), Peking University (49th). A total of 5 Japanese institutions ranked in the top 200 list, with two in the global top 100: University of Tokyo (30th) and Kyoto University (52nd).

In Australia, the highest ranked institution is the University of Melbourne (37th globally). A total of 4 Australian institutions ranked in the world's top 100. The others are: Australian National University (38th), University of Sydney (58th), and University of Queensland (74th).

In Canada, the University of Toronto is the highest rated university and the only Canadian institution ranked in the global top 20 (at 19th), followed by University of British Columbia in 22nd place globally. A total of 5 Canadian institutions ranked in the world's top 100. The others are: McGill University (28th), McMaster University (65th), University of Alberta (100th).

The top 10 universities in the world are as follows:
1 Caltech
2 Harvard University
2 Stanford University
4 University of Oxford
5 Princeton University
6 University of Cambridge
8 Imperial College London
9 University of Chicago
10 University of California, Berkeley
Source: Times Higher Education

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