Harvard University is rated as the world's most reputable university, according to the London Times Higher Education World Reputation Rankings 2012. Massachusetts Institute of Technology is rated 2nd according to global prestige, followed by the University of Cambridge (3rd). The rankings are based on a survey of 17,554 academics from 137 countries.

The University of Melbourne has risen to 43rd in the world and remained top in Australia in the 2012 World Reputation Rankings, ahead of Australian National University (2nd in Australia and 44th in the world). The reputation rankings complement the Times' annual World University Rankings, in which Melbourne is rated 37th internationally and top in Australia.

University of Toronto is ranked 1st in Canada and 16th in the world (up from 17th last year) in the reputational survey. Two other Canadian universities are also placed among the 100 list: University of British Columbia (=25th) and McGill University (=25th).

London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) has jumped eight places in the 2012 rankings of global universities based on their reputation among senior academics, ranking 29th in the world and 5th in the UK.

* Suggested Reading: QS University Ranking 2011/12

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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