The University of Cambridge (UK) is ranked No. 1 globally for the second year running in the QS World University Ranking 2011/12, followed by Harvard University in second place globally and Massachusetts Institute of Technology in third globally. There are five UK universities ranked in the world's top 20. The others are: University of Oxford at 5th, Imperial College London at 6th, UCL at 7th and University of Edinburgh at 20th.

There are 17 Australian institutions placed in the global top 300, with Australian National University rated top in the country and 26th in the world. The University of Melbourne is the second highest ranked Australian institution (31st), ahead of The University of Sydney (38th). The Group of Eight institutions are all ranked in the world's top 100, with five in the top 50.

The highest ranked Asian universities are the University of Hong Kong (22nd internationally), ahead of The University of Tokyo (25th internationally), and National University of Singapore (28th internationally). Nanyang Technological University (NTU) made a big jump of 16 places to 58th in 2011 (up from 74th in 2010 ranking). NTU also made a big jump in key areas such as employer reputation (up 31 places), academic reputation (up 12 places), and student faculty ratio (up 12 places). For subject areas, the three biggest jumps were in arts & humanities (up 27 places), natural sciences (up 17 places), and engineering & technology (up 10 places).

The top 20 universities in the world:
1 University of Cambridge
2 Harvard University
3 Massachusetts Institute of Technology
4 Yale University
5 University of Oxford
6 Imperial College London
7 University College London
8 University of Chicago
9 University of Pennsylvania
10 Columbia University
11 Stanford University
12 California Institute of Technology
13 Princeton University
14 University of Michigan
15 Cornell University
16 Johns Hopkins University
17 McGill University
18 ETH Zurich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology)
19 Duke University
20 University of Edinburgh
Source: Quacquarelli Symonds Ltd 2011. www.topuniversities.com

* Suggested Reading:

ARWU University Ranking 2011

World Reputation Rankings 2011‎

QS World Engineering Rankings 2011

World University Ranking Tables

America - US News & World Report, The Princeton Review, BusinessWeek
Canada - Maclean's, Gourman Report Ranking of Canadian Universities
UK - Sunday Times, Guardian, Times Good University Guide, Daily Telegraph
World - Shanghai Jiao Tong ARWU Rankings, Webometrics, Newsweek
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