The University of Oxford has become the first British university to top the Times Higher Education’s global league table, knocking the California Institute of Technology into second place.
Oxford topped the list because it improved across the four main indicators that influence the rankings – teaching, research, citations and international outlook, Times Higher Education said.
But Britain’s vote to leave the European Union could threaten the oldest university in the English-speaking world, locking academics out of research projects, said Phil Baty, the editor of the rankings.
“As well as some top academics reporting they have been frozen out of collaborative research projects with EU colleagues, many are admitting that they might look to relocate to a university outside the country,” Baty told the BBC.
While Oxford, the University of Cambridge and London’s Imperial College make the top 10 along with ETH Zurich, the list is dominated by U.S. universities.
Stanford University is ranked third, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology fifth, Harvard sixth, Princeton seventh and the University of California, Berkeley and University of Chicago at tenth equal.
Cambridge was ranked fourth, Imperial eighth and ETH Zurich ninth.
More broadly, the rankings showed institutions in Asia had made progress with two new Asian universities now in the 100 and another four joining the top 200.
The University of Cyprus ranks among the top 351-400 universities in the world, according to the rankings.
In the category “influence on research (citations)», the University of Cyprus is in a higher ranking than 2/3 of the universities, while in the category “international image and perspective (international outlook)» it is in the top 25% of universities. The results of the University on 4 of the 5 broad categories show improvement over last year.
The Dean of the University of Cyprus Constantinos Christofides has said this is an honourable result for the university community.
“The University of Cyprus has set specific targets and will continue its course to the top, to be one of the 200 best universities in the world by 2025 “, he concludes.
Meanwhile, the Cyprus University of Technology (TEPAK) is among the top 500 universities in the world. In a press release, the University said this was an important distinction, ten years since it was established.
The University said that it claims a spot in the 401-500 band.
“For the first time TEPAK is included in the Times Higher Education list of the best universities in the world and this in itself is a remarkable distinction of particular value, given that the University has been operating for less than ten years now,” the press release noted.
“The fact that the Cyprus University of Technology is one of the top 500 universities worldwide demonstrates the commitment of the university community to research, quality education and excellence” Rector of TEPAK, Professor Andreas Anagiotos said.
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