Two UK universities occupy the highest spots in a world rating for the primary time.
The College of Oxford is prime of the Instances Increased Schooling World College Rankings, with Cambridge College second, up from fourth place last year.
A key issue within the rankings is earnings and each universities noticed this rise previously yr, partly within the type of European Union analysis grants.
However this earnings may fall with Brexit, warned rankings director Phil Baty.
Instances Increased Schooling, which compiles the rankings, mentioned that margins have been extraordinarily tight on the prime, with all of the top-ranked establishments excelling towards measures in educating, analysis, citations, worldwide outlook and earnings.
However Oxford and Cambridge noticed important will increase of their whole institutional earnings – up 24% and 11% respectively whereas their nearest rivals, the California Institute of Know-how and Stanford College noticed falls in earnings.
The researchers additionally level out that a couple of quarter of Cambridge’s analysis earnings, and a fifth of Oxford’s, come within the type of EU grants – an element which they are saying underlines the chance Brexit may pose to the worldwide efficiency of the UK’s main universities.
The highest of the worldwide rating of 1,000 universities in 77 international locations is dominated by US establishments.
Different UK universities within the prime 50 are Imperial School London in eighth place; College School London, 16th; London Faculty of Economics and Political Science, 25th; College of Edinburgh, 27th; and King’s School London, 36th.
- 1: Oxford College
- 2: Cambridge College
- =three: California Institute of Know-how
- =three: Stanford College
- 5: Massachusetts Institute of Know-how
- 6: Harvard College
- 7: Princeton College
- eight: Imperial School London
- 9: College of Chicago
- =10: ETH Zurich – Swiss Federal Institute of Know-how
- =10: College of Pennsylvania
- 12: Yale College
- 13: Johns Hopkins College
- 14: Columbia College
- 15: College of California, Los Angeles
- 16: College School London
- 17: Duke College
- 18: College of California, Berkeley
- 19: Cornell College
- 20: Northwestern College
The researchers say the findings present “a widening gulf between the UK’s tremendous elite establishments and different universities”, with simply over half of the UK’s prime 200 establishments, dropping down the rating.
Mr Baty mentioned: “The UK greater training system is going through intense political stress, with questions over the worth for cash offered by £9,250 tuition charges in England, our continued attractiveness to worldwide college students, the stream of analysis funding and tutorial expertise post-Brexit, and even ranges of vice-chancellors’ pay.
“However one factor this new information makes completely clear is that the UK has lots of the easiest universities on this planet and it has one of many world’s strongest greater training techniques.
“The information exhibits UK universities are constantly producing ground-breaking new analysis which is driving innovation, they’re attracting worldwide college students and tutorial expertise and are offering a world-class educating setting.
“They’re an enormous nationwide asset, and one which the nation can ill-afford to undermine at a time when its place within the international order is below intense scrutiny.”