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March 6, 2014

World University Reputation Rankings 2014 dominated by prestige brands from US and UK

World University Reputation Rankings, Global Giants

World University Reputation Rankings, Global Giants

Universities from just two countries - the US and the UK - comprise the top 10 of the Times Higher Education World Reputation Rankings 2014.

A group of six “super-brands” holds a clear advantage over the rest, with Harvard University consolidating its position at the top of the table.

This ranking lists universities on the basis of their reputation and prestige.

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Stanford University, the University of Cambridge, the University of Oxford and the University of California, Berkeley complete the top six, with Princeton University, Yale University, the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) and the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) just behind.

The University of Tokyo, the only institution from outside the US or the UK to make the top 10 last year, drops two places to 11th.

The US and the UK are followed by Germany, which has six institutions in the top 100. France loses two representatives, leaving it with two in the table, and the Netherlands also loses ground as Wageningen University and Research Centre drops out.

Australia, which saw two universities enter the top 100 last year, slips back, with Monash University - a new entrant in 2013 - exiting the table, leaving the country with five representatives.

In Asia, Japan remains the strongest performer, with five representatives. China’s top-ranked institution, Tsinghua University, slips one place to 36th but Peking University climbs four places to 41st. No higher education institute from India finds place among top 200 reputed universities of the world.

Compiled by Thomson Reuters, the World Reputation Rankings 2014 are based on responses from about 10,500 leading academics in 133 countries, who were asked to nominate up to 15 of the best institutions in their field of expertise.

“A university’s reputation for academic excellence is absolutely vital to its success,” said THE rankings editor Phil Baty. “While reputation is based on subjective opinion, in this case it is the informed, expert opinion of those in the know — experienced scholars from around the world.”

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March 3, 2014

Oscars 2014: "12 Years A Slave" wins Best Picture, Matthew McConaughey, Cate Blanchett are Best Actor, Actress

Oscars, Global Giants

Photo: Oscar nominee Jennifer Lawrence arrives for the live ABC Telecast of The 86th Oscars at the Dolby Theatre on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, CA. Photo Credit: Rick Rowell/ABC.

Oscars, Global Giants

Photo: After winning the category of Best Foreign Language Film of the year for work on “The Great Beauty,” Italy, director Paolo Sorrentino poses with his Oscar and presenter Viola Davis backstage. The Oscars were presented live on ABC from the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, CA Sunday, March 2, 2014. Photo Credit: Todd Wawrychuk © Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2013 were presented on Oscar Sunday, March 2, 2014, at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center and televised live on the ABC Television Network. The presentation, produced by Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, was also televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.

Here are the Winners:

Actor in a Leading Role

• Matthew McConaughey in “Dallas Buyers Club”

Actor in a Supporting Role

• Jared Leto in “Dallas Buyers Club”

Actress in a Leading Role

• Cate Blanchett in “Blue Jasmine”

Actress in a Supporting Role

• Lupita Nyong’o in “12 Years a Slave”

Animated Feature Film

• “Frozen” Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee and Peter Del Vecho


• “Gravity” Emmanuel Lubezki

Costume Design

• “The Great Gatsby” Catherine Martin


• “Gravity” Alfonso Cuarón

Documentary Feature

• “20 Feet from Stardom” Morgan Neville, Gil Friesen and Caitrin Rogers

Documentary Short Subject

• “The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life” Malcolm Clarke and Nicholas Reed

Film Editing

• “Gravity” Alfonso Cuarón and Mark Sanger

Foreign Language Film

• “The Great Beauty” Italy

Makeup and Hairstyling

• “Dallas Buyers Club” Adruitha Lee and Robin Mathews

Music (Original Score)

• “Gravity” Steven Price

Music (Original Song)

• “Let It Go” from “Frozen”?. Music and Lyric by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez

Best Picture

• “12 Years a Slave” Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Steve McQueen and Anthony Katagas, Producers

Production Design

• “The Great Gatsby” Production Design: Catherine Martin; Set Decoration: Beverley Dunn

Short Film (Animated)

• “Mr. Hublot” Laurent Witz and Alexandre Espigares

Short Film (Live Action)

• “Helium” Anders Walter and Kim Magnusson

Sound Editing

• “Gravity” Glenn Freemantle

Sound Mixing

• “Gravity” Skip Lievsay, Niv Adiri, Christopher Benstead and Chris Munro

Visual Effects

• “Gravity” Tim Webber, Chris Lawrence, David Shirk and Neil Corbould

Writing (Adapted Screenplay)

• “12 Years a Slave” Screenplay by John Ridley

Writing (Original Screenplay)

• “Her” Written by Spike Jonze

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