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May 5, 2016

The World's Most Reputable Universities 2016

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Photo: Brasenose College, University of Oxford, United Kingdom (founded 1509). Image Credit: David Nicholls.

This year’s Times Higher Education (THE) World Reputation Rankings see Harvard University take the top spot for the sixth consecutive year. The other top four positions are taken up by Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Stanford University, University of Cambridge and University of Oxford.

Launched in 2011, THE World Reputation Rankings offer a definitive list of the world’s most prestigious universities based on their global reputation.

United States has once again dominated the rankings, boasting of 43 institutions amongst the top 100.

US is loosely followed by the UK, which houses 10 universities that made it to the list, along with the University of Cambridge and the University of Oxford taking the fourth and fifth spots, respectively.

From Asia, there were 17 institutions included in the list, a rise of seven from 10 last year. With Japan’s University of Tokyo standing at the 12th place, China’s Tsinghua University and Peking University were ranked 18th and 21st, respectively.

India continues to be one of the few nations not to have featured even once in the list.

According to Phil Baty, Times Higher Education rankings editor, “Reputation is the global currency of higher education”.

University Reputation Rankings

World’s Most Prestigious Universities 2016

Top 50

  1. Harvard University — United States
  2. Massachusetts Institute ofTechnology — United States
  3. Stanford University — United States
  4. University of Cambridge — United Kingdom
  5. University of Oxford — United Kingdom
  6. University of California, Berkeley — United States
  7. Princeton University — United States
  8. Yale University — United States
  9. Columbia University — United States
  10. California Institute of Technology — United States
  11. University of Chicago — United States
  12. University of Tokyo — Japan
  13. University of California, Los Angeles — United States
  14. University of Michigan — United States
  15. Imperial College, London — United Kingdom
  16. University of Pennsylvania — United States
  17. Cornell University — United States
  18. Tsinghua University — China
  19. ETH Zurich — Switzerland
  20. University College, London — United Kingdom
  21. Peking University — China
  22. Johns Hopkins University — United States
  23. University of Toronto — Canada
  24. London School of Economics and Political Science — United Kingdom
  25. New York University — United States
  26. National University of Singapore — Singapore
  27. Kyoto University — Japan
  28. Duke University — United States
  29. University of Washington — United States
  30. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign — United States
  31. Lomonosov Moscow State University — Russian Federation
  32. Northwestern University — United States
  33. Carnegie Mellon University — United States
  34. University of Texas at Austin — United States
  35. University of Wisconsin-Madison — United States
  36. University of California, San Diego — United States
  37. University of British Columbia — Canada
  38. University of Edinburgh — United Kingdom
  39. McGill University — Canada
  40. Georgia Institute of Technology — United States
  41. LMU Munich — Germany
  42. University of California, San Francisco — United States
  43. King’s College, London — United Kingdom
  44. Pennsylvania State University — United States
  45. University of California, Davis — United States
  46. University of Hong Kong — Hong Kong
  47. Seoul National University — South Korea
  48. Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne — Switzerland
  49. University of Manchester — United Kingdom
  50. University of Melbourne — Australia
  51. University of Minnesota — United States






• Reputation Ranking is distinct from Academic Ranking.

The Times Higher Education World Reputation Rankings list the world’s top 100 universities based purely on their Academic Prestige as distinct from their Academic Performance.

According to THE rankings editor Phil Baty, “A university’s reputation for academic excellence is absolutely vital to its success.”

A university’s brand - crucial in helping to attract students, staff and funding - is built on esteem.

Reputation and brand are not the same thing. But Pat Freeland-Small, chief marketing officer at the University of Melbourne, says the former feeds the latter.

The world elite of universities, he says, do not need to advertise, “but in a way they are advertising. They are constantly communicating the quality of what they do through their people and what they naturally put out…It is their people, their quality of research - notions that come through the academic community - that advertise their international profile.”


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