Capital comes out on top for higher education with four London universities in world top 40

09:20 03 October 2013

Picture: Chris Ison/PA Wire

Picture: Chris Ison/PA Wire

London is the best city for attending the world’s leading universities with four institutions in the top 40.

The latest Times Higher Education World University Rankings for 2013/14 puts the capital as the premier destination for higher education, but there is only one university in the top 10.

That is Imperial College, which was down two places to 10th, and is one of three UK universities in the top 10, with Oxford taking second place alongside Harvard and Cambridge seventh.

The other London institutions in the league table are University College London, which fell four places to 21st, London School of Economics and Political Science, up seven places to 32nd, and King’s College London, which rose 19 places to 38th.

Other universities in the capital which make the world list include Royal Holloway, University of London, and Queen Mary, University of London.

Phil Baty, editor of the rankings, said: “On the whole, the UK has had a very stable year, with little overall change to its position behind the US as the world’s second best higher education nation.

“This is good news after stark evidence of decline in last year’s rankings.

“But there are still concerns for our world-leading ‘brand name’ institutions: Imperial College London, University College London plus the universities of Manchester and Bristol have all slipped to varying degrees.

“Although other institutions have risen, and some significantly, such global brands act as flagships for the rest of the UK, so this is a worry.”

Latest Stories

The two cars collided at this junction of Green Lanes and Hermitage Road, before one car mounted the pavement and hit a mother and her baby daughter. [Photo from Google StreetView]

Five men have been arrested after a woman and her baby were hit by a car in Finsbury Park.

Read more
Fri, 18:17
A whopping £25million worth of cocaine was hidden in plastic bananas, among real fruit (Photo by Sandra Mu/Getty Images)

A massive haul of cocaine, thought to be worth £25million, was found by Met police officers hidden in plastic bananas shipped over from Columbia.

Read more
Fri, 18:15
Londoners can not afford to get divorced once- let alone twice like Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton. 
They married twice, but both marriages ended bitterly. (Photo by William Lovelace/Evening Standard/Getty Images)

Londoners are becoming stuck in loveless relationships because they can’t afford to divorce and live alone, research claims to reveal.

Read more

TOP Stories

The two cars collided at this junction of Green Lanes and Hermitage Road, before one car mounted the pavement and hit a mother and her baby daughter. [Photo from Google StreetView]

Five men have been arrested after a woman and her baby were hit by a car in Finsbury Park.

Fri, 18:17
A whopping £25million worth of cocaine was hidden in plastic bananas, among real fruit (Photo by Sandra Mu/Getty Images)

A massive haul of cocaine, thought to be worth £25million, was found by Met police officers hidden in plastic bananas shipped over from Columbia.

Fri, 18:15
Londoners can not afford to get divorced once- let alone twice like Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton. 
They married twice, but both marriages ended bitterly. (Photo by William Lovelace/Evening Standard/Getty Images)

Londoners are becoming stuck in loveless relationships because they can’t afford to divorce and live alone, research claims to reveal.

Fri, 15:41
The orginal tweets in which @MPSinthesky made their reply to @anyabokepublic [Image from Twitter]

A Twitter user has accused the Met Police of encouraging their 91,000 Twitter followers to bully her.

Fri, 13:55
Planned engineering works could affect your journey this weekend.

There is a relatively minor programme of planned closures on the Tube and Overground network this weekend - but they could still affect your journey. Read on for the lowdown.

Fri, 11:52
Hitman Jamie Marsh-Smith, convicted of murdering Zafer Eren. Picture: Metropolitan Police

A hitman named after Freddy Kreuger, the deranged character in the Nightmare on Elm Street horror films, has today been convicted of shooting dead a Turkish gang boss then trying to bump off the getaway driver from the hit.

Fri, 09:56
The Job Centre at 120-122 Deptford High Street in its original incarnation in 2008. Although the pub keeps the name, it has not kept the distinctive green and yellow sign [Photo from Google StreetView]

Campaigners have criticised a ‘poor taste’ pub that has opened in a disused Job Centre on Deptford High Street – and kept the name.

Promotions

You could be the lucky winner of a brand new shiny iPad Air!

London24 has teamed up with leading online electrical retailer Ebuyer to give you the chance to win a sleek 16GB Apple iPad Air!

Always wanted to create your own beer? Perfect Pint are giving you the chance.

When no simple way to find Real Ale was at hand, 4 Ale enthusiasts got together to allow anyone with a smart phone to find Real Ale no matter where they happened to be, this was the birth of the Perfect Pint app.

The Week subscription offer

London24 have partnered up with The Week magazine to offer you a complimentary issue – delivered free to your door.

Quizzes

Take our quiz and see how much you know about the Wimbledon Tennis Championships (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Do you know SW19 like the back of your hand? From Henman Hill to Centre Court, Fred Perry to Andy Murray? Well then you should ace our Wimbledon quiz:

Read more
Croatia's Daniel Prajnic, France's Paul Pogba and Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo... three hair-raising World Cup stars (Picture: Archant/Getty)

The World Cup is a showcase of fantastic football... and terrible hairstyles. Try this quiz and test your knowledge of the wackiest barnets in Brazil.

Read more
World Cup countries quiz

It's about time you refreshed your brains about the countries competing in Brazil.

Read more
How much do you know about films in London? (Photo by Fox Photos/Getty Images)

Do you know your Lock Stock from your Long Good Friday, Sliding Doors from Shakespeare in Love?

Read more
Instead of actually going to a park, take our quiz about them... (Picture: Warrick Page/Getty Images)

Think-Kew have got what it takes?

Read more