UK Universities Falter and Slip in International Rankings
The British academic policymakers should show some signs of concern as UK universities slip in the latest ranking of international universities. Only Cambridge managed a spot as one of the top five universities in the globe, having secured a third place jointly.
The QS World University Rankings
The QS World University Rankings, considered to be the most thorough of its kind found that MIT or Massachusetts Institute of Technology stood at the top followed by Harvard which rose by two spots from number four in the previous year.
UK Still Maintains a Decent Record
No need to press the panic button yet though, as four of the top ten universities still hail from the UK. The biggest loser at the top was the Imperial College at London which fell to the eighth place from number two the previous year. This is attributed due to change in the methodology to rank universities.
The Details of the Top Ten
Oxford fell a spot to sixth from the fifth last year and University College London to feel two spots from joint fifth to seventh in the latest report. Another educational institute in UK of repute which had to suffer a fall in university rankings is none other than Kings College London which dropped from 16 in the previous year to 19 this year.
The Stanford University in California fared a joint third with Cambridge up four places. The California Institute of Technology was ranked at the 5th spot with ETH Zurich ranked nine and Chicago University ranked tenth.
Where Asia Stands
In what is a first two universities from Singapore made it to the top 15. They are; National University of Singapore is ranked 12 and Nanyang Technological University ranked 13.
In a Few Words
We may summarize by saying that though there was a change in methodology which made a difference to the rankings, there is enough reason for the educational establishment in UK to get its act together.