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.”

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