Cambridge rated best university in the world

King's College Chapel and Clare College

The University of Cambridge has come top in a league table of world universities. Cambridge knocked Harvard off the number one spot, which Harvard had occupied since 2004.

The new top ten is now:

  1. University of Cambridge
  2. Harvard University
  3. Yale University
  4. UCL
  5. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
  6. University of Oxford
  7. Imperial College London
  8. University of Chicago
  9. California Institute of Technology (Caltech)
  10. Princeton University

The league table is compiled annually by the career advice company QS. The QS rankings assess academic reputation, the staff-student ratio, the employability of the university's graduates, how international the faculty and student body is, and the number of citations there are for publications from the university.

In the past five years Cambridge has come second or third in the rankings. Harvard slipped to second place due to reduced scores for student-staff ratio and a reduced intake of international staff. You can find more details and analysis on the QS website.

If you want to find out about studying at Cambridge and King's in particular, see the main University website or Study at King's.

9 September 2010