Harvard University is rated as the world's most prestigious university (ranked No. 1 globally), according to the rankings of Top Universities by Reputation 2012 published by The Times Higher Education. United States dominated the top 20 list (with 14 institutions included), followed by United Kingdom (3 institutions), Japan (2 institutions), and Canada (1 institution).

The University of Cambridge is ranked 1st in Europe and 3rd among the top 100 universities by reputation, ahead of the University of Oxford (2nd in Europe and 6th internationally) and Imperial College London (3rd in Europe and 13th internationally).

In Asia, the highest ranked school is University of Tokyo (1st in the region and 8th in the world), followed by Kyoto University (2nd in the region and 20th in the world).

World's top 100 universities by reputation:
1 Harvard University
2 Massachusetts Institute of Technology
3 University of Cambridge
4 Stanford University
5 University of California, Berkeley
6 University of Oxford
7 Princeton University
8 University of Tokyo
9 University of California, Los Angeles
10 Yale University
11 California Institute of Technology
12 University of Michigan
13 Imperial College London
14 University of Chicago
15 Columbia University
16 Cornell University
16 University of Toronto
18 Johns Hopkins University
19 University of Pennsylvania
20 Kyoto University
21 University College London
22 Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zürich
23 University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign
23 National University of Singapore
25 University of British Columbia
25 McGill University
27 University of Wisconsin-Madison
28 University of Washington
29 London School of Economics and Political Science
30 Tsinghua University
31 University of California, San Francisco
32 University of Texas at Austin
33 Duke University
34 New York University
35 Northwestern University
36 University of California, San Diego
37 Carnegie Mellon University
38 Peking University
39 The University of Hong Kong
39 University of Massachusetts
41 Georgia Institute of Technology
42 Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
43 University of Melbourne
44 Australian National University
44 University of California, Davis
46 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
47 University of Minnesota
47 Purdue University
49 University of Edinburgh
50 The University of Sydney
51-60 Delft University of Technology
51-60 Karolinska Institute
51-60 University of Manchester
51-60 The Ohio State University
51-60 Osaka University
51-60 Pennsylvania State University
51-60 University of California, Santa Barbara
51-60 Seoul National University
51-60 Tohoku University
51-60 Tokyo Institute of Technology
61-70 École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne
61-70 Hebrew University of Jerusalem
61-70 The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
61-70 Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
61-70 King's College London
61-70 Technische Universität München
61-70 University of Pittsburgh
61-70 University of São Paulo
61-70 University of Southern California
61-70 National Taiwan University
71-80 University of Amsterdam
71-80 Universität Heidelberg
71-80 Michigan State University
71-80 Université Paris-Sorbonne
71-80 The University of Queensland Australia
71-80 Texas A&M University
71-80 Uppsala University
71-80 Utrecht University
71-80 Washington University in St Louis
71-80 University of Zürich
81-90 Brown University
81-90 The Chinese University of Hong Kong
81-90 University of Florida
81-90 Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
81-90 Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology
81-90 University of Leeds
81-90 Leiden University
81-90 Lund University
81-90 Nanyang Technological University
81-90 Tel Aviv University
91-100 University of Arizona
91-100 Boston University
91-100 University of Bristol
91-100 École Polytechnique
91-100 Indiana University
91-100 Middle East Technical University
91-100 Université Paris-Sud
91-100 Université Pierre et Marie Curie
91-100 Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
91-100 Wageningen University and Research Center
Source: Times Higher Education, Thomson Reuters

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QS University Ranking 2011/12

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Times Higher Education University Rankings 2011-2012
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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