Cambridge loses No.1 spot to MIT

September 11th, 2012 - 9:06 pm ICT by IANS  

London, Sep 11 (IANS) Cambridge has slipped from the number one spot in the prestigious world ranking of universities after being overtaken by America’s Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

MIT is now ranked as the world’s best university, pushing Britain’s historic academic centre into second place. MIT was third on the list last year, the Daily Mail reported.

Oxford maintained its position at number five in the table compiled by QS World University Rankings.

University College London climbed from number seven last year to number four in the new rankings, placing it above Oxford University, according to the Mail Tuesday.

Imperial College London is ranked sixth, meaning that for the first time four of the top six universities in the world are British.

Britain has 18 universities in the top 100 - one fewer than in 2011.

Harvard University, which held the top spot for six years between 2004 and 2009, is ranked third in the list.

The QS rankings are compiled using six indicators: academic reputation, employer reputation, faculty/student ratio, citations per faculty, international faculty ration and international student ratio.

The results are based on surveys of over 46,000 academics and 28,000 employers.

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