UK universities in the world top 100 rankings

Following up earlier post on the THE 2008 rankings, 17 UK universities make the top 100:

3 Cambridge
4 Oxford
6 Imperial
7 UCL
22 King’s
23 Edinburgh
29 Manchester
32 Bristol
66 LSE
69 Warwick
73 Glasgow
75 Birmingham
76 Sheffield
81= York
83= St Andrews
86 University of Nottingham
99= Southampton

Some fluctuations on 2007 but nothing too dramatic (arguably). The BBC’s reports on all this fun and entertainment is interesting for its matter of fact approach.

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Latest world university rankings for 2008 from THE

The top 50 Universities in 2008 are as follows as published 9 October in THE:

Rank Rank
2008 2007 INSTITUTION NAME COUNTRY
1 1 HARVARD University United States
2 2= YALE University United States
3 2= University of CAMBRIDGE United Kingdom
4 2= University of OXFORD United Kingdom
5 7= CALIFORNIA Institute of Technology (Caltech) United States
6 5 IMPERIAL College London United Kingdom
7 9 UCL (University College London) United Kingdom
8 7= University of CHICAGO United States
9 10 MASSACHUSETTS Institute of Technology (MIT) United States
10 11 COLUMBIA University United States
11 14 University of PENNSYLVANIA United States
12 6 PRINCETON University United States
13= 13 DUKE University United States
13= 15 JOHNS HOPKINS University United States
15 20= CORNELL University United States
16 16 AUSTRALIAN National University Australia
17 19 STANFORD University United States
18 38= University of MICHIGAN United States
19 17 University of TOKYO Japan
20 12 MCGILL University Canada
21 20= CARNEGIE MELLON University United States
22 24 KING’S College London United Kingdom
23 23 University of EDINBURGH United Kingdom
24 42 ETH Zurich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology) Switzerland
25 25 KYOTO University Japan
26 18 University of HONG KONG Hong Kong
27 32 BROWN University United States
28 26 École Normale Supérieure, PARIS France
29 30 University of MANCHESTER United Kingdom
30= 41 University of CALIFORNIA, Los Angeles (UCLA) United States
30= 33= National University of SINGAPORE Singapore
32 37 University of BRISTOL United Kingdom
33 29 NORTHWESTERN University United States
34= 33= University of BRITISH COLUMBIA Canada
34= 28 ÉCOLE POLYTECHNIQUE France
36 22 University of California, BERKELEY United States
37 31 The University of SYDNEY Australia
38 27 The University of MELBOURNE Australia
39 53= HONG KONG University of Science & Technology Hong Kong
40 49 NEW YORK University (NYU) United States
41 45 University of TORONTO Canada
42 38= The CHINESE University of Hong Kong Hong Kong
43 33= University of QUEENSLAND Australia
44 46 OSAKA University Japan
45 44 University of NEW SOUTH WALES Australia
46 47 BOSTON University United States
47 43 MONASH University Australia
48 93= University of COPENHAGEN Denmark
49 53= TRINITY College Dublin Ireland
50= 117= Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de LAUSANNE Switzerland
50= 36 PEKING University China
50= 51= SEOUL National University Korea, South

Further comment to follow no doubt but interesting that the numbers of academic and employer participants has increased a bit:

The THE-QS World University Rankings 2008 have received unprecedented response levels from both the international academic community and employers. 6,354 academics (compared with 5,101 in 2007) and 2,339 employers (compared with 1,482 in 2007) responded to the surveys, eager to reflect the position and influence of the world’s leading universities.

How to improve graduate employment?

The Tories want to build a website to help graduate employment according to THE:

A Conservative government would establish a web service designed to help students choose degree courses that are most likely to lead to a graduate-level job. Adam Afriyie, the Shadow Universities Minister, said that £5 million would be invested to establish a site that would “show people the number of students enrolled on a specific course and the number of job vacancies requesting graduates from these courses”. He said it would “enable students to gain a better understanding of graduate employment prospects”.

Whilst providing additional information about employment prospects to inform prospective students might be seen as helpful, this really is a pretty unrealistic proposition (most job adverts are not quite this specific), quite unnecessary given all the other data available and seems just a little overpriced. And we really do have enough league tables already, don’t we?