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May 30, 2018

World’s Top 100 Most Prestigious Universities in 2018

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London, May 30, 2018 — The most valuable asset in a crowded market is reputation. Times Higher Education (THE) today announced the World Reputation Rankings 2018 comprising the world’s top 100 most prestigious universities.

According to Times Higher Education, its World Reputation Rankings are created using the world’s largest invitation-only academic opinion survey, a unique piece of research.

“The Academic Reputation Survey, available in 15 languages, uses United Nations data as a guide to ensure that the response coverage is as representative of world scholarship as possible. It is also evenly spread across academic disciplines,” THE elucidates.

The reputation table ranks institutions according to an overall measure of their esteem that combines data on their reputation for research and teaching.

World’s Top 100 Most Prestigious Universities in 2018


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






The World Reputation Rankings are based on an invitation-only opinion survey of senior, published academics, who were asked to name no more than 15 universities that they believed were the best for research and teaching in their field.

From India, the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) Bengaluru has made it to the list in the 91-100 band. The last time it was featured was in 2011.

Commenting on IISc Bengaluru’s accomplishment, Phil Baty, editorial director of Global Rankings for THE, said, “Only 100 institutions in the world make it to this annual list of the most powerful university brands. So it is a highly significant achievement to be included. And it is fantastic to see an Indian presence this year.”

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