California Institute of Technology is ranked as the world's top university and ahead of Harvard University (rated 2nd in the world), according to the Times Higher Education world university rankings 2011-2012.

The University of Oxford is rated top in the UK and Europe (4th globally), ahead of the University of Cambridge (6th). A total of 7 UK institutions ranked in the world's top 50 list. The others are Imperial College London (8th), University College London (17th), University of Edinburgh (36th), London School of Economics and Political Science (47th), and University of Manchester (48th).

Newcastle University (UK) is rated as one of the best 150 universities in the world, ranked in 146th equal position in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2011-12, climbing six places from the last year's survey. This places Newcastle equal 56th in Europe.

A total of 7 Australian universities secured places in the list of world's top 200 higher education institutions, with University of Melbourne rated 1st in the country and 37th in the world, followed by Australian National University (38th internationally, up from 43rd last year), University of Sydney (58th internationally, up from 71st last year), and University of Queensland (74th internationally, up from 81st last year).

The University of Auckland is ranked 173rd (tied with University of New South Wales and Queen's University) and is the only New Zealand university to make the global top 200 list.

The World Top 10 Universities for 2011-2012:
1 California Institute of Technology
2 Harvard University
2 Stanford University
4 University of Oxford
5 Princeton University
6 University of Cambridge
7 Massachusetts Institute of Technology
8 Imperial College London
9 University of Chicago
10 University of California, Berkeley
Source: Times Higher Education

* Suggested Reading:

QS University Ranking 2011/12

ARWU University Ranking 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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