In the recent release of QS World University Ranking 2010, University of Cambridge (UK) took the top spot as Number One University in the world, ranked ahead of Harvard University (2nd) and Yale University (3rd). University College London has maintained its position (4th place) as was ranked in the 2009 league table.

United States has the most number of universities ranked in the world's top 200 (53 institutions), followed by United Kingdom (30 institutions), Germany (12), the Netherlands (12), Canada (10), Japan (10).

In Australia only the Group of Eight (Go8) universities are ranked in the global top 200, with ANU being the 1st nationally and 20th internationally, followed by University of Sydney (37th) and University of Melbourne (38th).

In Asia the highest ranked institution is University of Hong Kong (23rd globally, up a place from 24th in 2009), followed by University of Tokyo (24th) and Kyoto University (25th).

Top 20 Universities in the World:
1 University of Cambridge
2 Harvard University
3 Yale University
4 University College London
5 Massachusetts Institute of Technology
6 University of Oxford
7 Imperial College London
8 University of Chicago
9 California Institute of Technology
10 Princeton University
11 Columbia University
12 University of Pennsylvania
13 Stanford University
14 Duke University
15 University of Michigan
16 Cornell University
17 Johns Hopkins University
18 ETH Zurich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology)
19 McGill University
20 Australian National University

Source: Quacquarelli Symonds Ltd 2010.

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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