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University League Tables: Uk Institutions 'losing Ground'

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Telegraph 6/3/14

'British universities are losing their international standing as American "superbrands" such as Harvard and Stanford surge ahead in global league tables. A major study has found that the number of UK institutions ranked among the world's best has dropped over the last two years in the face of US dominance.

New rankings – based on global reputation – show that universities in London, Oxford and Cambridge remain powerful forces in higher education across the world but institutions outside of this "golden triangle" are struggling.

Experts said the "apparent deterioration of a number of our universities" was a worrying development.

The disclosure – in the latest Times Higher World Reputation Rankings – comes amid claims that a lack of state investment in British higher education is leaving universities struggling to keep up with those elsewhere in the world.

According to the report, an elite group of "superbrands" currently "stand head and shoulders above the rest" when it comes to global reputation.

Harvard was top for the second year running followed by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Stanford – also in the US – moved to third from sixth last year.

Cambridge University slipped one place to fourth while Oxford fell one to fifth.

The other five universities in the top 10 were all American, including the University of California, Berkeley, Princeton and Yale.

In all, the US claimed 46 of the top 100 places, up by three in the last 12 months.

The UK had the second highest number of leading universities, with 10 entrants in the top 100. This was up one from 2013 but down compared with rankings published in 2012 when 12 British institutions were listed.

Within the top 100, some UK universities have also seen their relative position decline, it emerged.

Phil Baty, the table's editor, said: "The UK has lost three big-name universities from the list of the world's 100 most prestigious institutions since the rankings were first published in 2011. In 2012, Sheffield exited the rankings, in 2013 Leeds followed suit, and this year Bristol misses out.

"Given how important global reputation is in attracting top international talent, collaborations and investment, this is cause for concern. The UK has some of the world's biggest university brands: we must protect them."

The rankings are compiled from a survey of 10,536 senior academics in 150 countries who are asked to name the most influential universities across the world.

Its authors insist that a strong global reputation is "essential to university success, allowing institutions to attract staff, students, business investment, research partners and benefactions in a highly competitive world market".

Bahram Bekhradnia, president of the Higher Education Policy Institute, said: "Given the UK's size, this survey suggests we are still punching above our weight… What is worrying though is the apparent deterioration in the reputation of a number of our universities.

"At a time when despite economic problems others have sought to protect their research investment, we have seen a real-terms decline."'

Aside from the good universities,I really am waiting for the moment when our young people realise that most degrees are a waste of money as there aren't enough graduate jobs to go round.

The amount of urban land given over for new student housing over the last five years,baffles me.Student debt,student BTL......the biggest bubble.

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They need to charge students more so they can keep up.....

Increase VC salaries so we can attract better quality leaders.

Bingo, exactly what I was thinking will happen, both of you!

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