According to the QS World University Rankings for 2009, Harvard is, again, the best ranked university in the world (it is placed No. 1 from 2004 to 2009). University of Cambridge moved up from 3rd position to 2nd best in 2009, ahead of Yale University (3rd globally).

University College London (UK) improved its rankings since 2004 and now it is one of the top 4 institutions in the world, ahead of Oxford (5th). UCL was placed 34th in 2004, 28th in 2005, 25th in 2006, 9th in 2007, 7th in 2008 and 4th in 2009. Four UK universities successfully ranked within the top 10 list, with Oxford and Imperial tied for 5th position this year.

A total of 13 US institutions are placed in the top 20 globally, Yale dropped a place to 3rd position this year. Princeton made it to the top 10 position from 12th last year, while Columbia University dropped from 10th to 11th.

A total of 6 Australian institutions are placed in the Top 50 internationally. The highest ranked university is Australian National University (17th), followed by Sydney (=36th), Melbourne (=36th), Queensland (41st), Monash (45th), and UNSW (=47th).

New Zealand has three universities ranked in the top 200 globally. The best performer is University of Auckland (=61st) - the only institution placed in the top 100, ahead of Otago (125th) and Canterbury (188th).

The highest ranked Canadian institution is McGill University (18th), up two places from 20th last year.

In Asia, the top ranked institution is Tokyo University (22nd), followed by Hong Kong University (24th), Kyoto University (25th) and National University of Singapore (30th). Singapore has two institutions placed in the Top 100, the other one is Nanyang Technological University (=73rd).

India has two institutions placed in the top 200 internationally: Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (163rd), and Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (181st). In China, Tsinghua University is placed equal 49th, ahead of Peking University (=52nd) and Fudan (=103rd).

The Top 100 Universities in the world are:
1 Harvard University
2 Cambridge
3 Yale
4 University College London
=5 Imperial College
=5 Oxford University
7 Chicago University
8 Princeton University
9 Massachusetts Institute of Technology
10 California Institute of Technology
11 Columbia University
12 University of Pennsylvania
13 Johns Hopkins University
14 Duke University
15 Cornell University
16 Stanford University
17 Australian National University
18 McGill University
19 University of Michigan
20= University of Edinburgh
20= ETH Zurich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology)
22 University of Tokyo
23 King’s College London
24 University of Hong Kong
25 Kyoto University
26 University of Manchester
27 Carnegie Mellon University
28 Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris
29 University of Toronto
30 National University of Singapore
31 Brown University
32= University of California, Los Angeles
32= Northwestern University
34 University of Bristol
35 Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
36= Ecole Polytechnique
36= University of Melbourne
36= University of Sydney
39 University of California, Berkeley
40 University of British Columbia
41 University of Queensland
42 Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne
43= Osaka University
43= Trinity College Dublin
45 Monash University
46 Chinese University of Hong Kong
47= University of New South Wales
47= Seoul National University
49= University of Amsterdam
49= Tsinghua University
51 University of Copenhagen
52= New York University
52= Peking University
54 Boston University
55= Technical University of Munich
55= Tokyo Institute of Technology
57 Heidelberg University
58 University of Warwick
59 University of Alberta
60 Leiden University
61= University of Auckland
61= University of Wisconsin-Madison
63= Aarhus University
63= University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
65 Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
66 University of Birmingham
67= London School of Economics
67= Lund University
69 Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology
70= Utrecht University
70= University of York
72 University of Geneva
73= Nanyang Technological University
73= Washington University in St Louis
75 Uppsala University
76= University of California, San Diego
76= University of Texas at Austin
78 University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
79 University of Glasgow
80 University of Washington
81 University of Adelaide
82 University of Sheffield
83 Delft University of Technology
84 University of Western Australia
85 Dartmouth College
86 Georgia Institute of Technology
87= Purdue University
87= University of St Andrews
89 University College Dublin
90 Emory University
91 University of Nottingham
92= Nagoya University
92= University of Zurich
94 Free University of Berlin
95= University of Southampton
95= National Taiwan University
97 Tohoku University
98 Ludwig-Maximilians University, Munich
99 University of Leeds
100 Rice University

Source: QS Intelligence Unit (

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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