The 2010 THE (Times Higher Education) World University Rankings issue, powered by Thomson Reuters, has just been released. United States universities occupied the top 5 position globally, with Harvard being ranked 1st in the world, followed by the California Institute of Technology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Stanford and Princeton.

The Times rankings are compiled with data supplied by Thomson Reuters, according to a new methodology which places less importance on reputation surveys and student-staff ratios. It is based on thirteen indicators including research publications and citations, public and industry income, and proportion of international students and faculty.

In Australia, Melbourne University is the best ranked university in the country (ranked 36th in the world), followed by Australian National University (43rd) and University of Sydney (71st). Other Australian institutions in the global top 100 include: University of Adelaide (73rd) and the University of Queensland (81st).

United Kingdom has 29 universities in the top 200 list, with Cambridge and Oxford tied at sixth place internationally. Only one Scottish university is featured in the world's top 100: Edinburgh (ranked 40th internationally).

World's Top 10 universities for 2010-2011:
1 Harvard University
2 California Institute of Technology
4 Stanford University
5 Princeton University
=6 University of Cambridge
=6 University of Oxford
8 University of California, Berkeley
9 Imperial College London
10 Yale University
Source: Times Higher Education

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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
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