US Universities Trump UK In Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2012-13 Tables
An American university has once again been crowned best in the world, so what is it US institutions have over their UK competitors – and why are British students shunning their country’s offerings and flocking overseaFor the second year running, the California Institute of Technology has trumped UK competition to take the top spot in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings for 2012-13.
Phil Baty, editor of Times Higher Education rankings, says:
“Given the seriousness of the funding cuts facing England and the strength of the competition, the tripled student tuition fees introduced this year look increasingly like a sticking plaster for an amputation.”
American universities took seven of the top 10 places, and 76 of the top 200 – one up from last year.
Only a handful of the UK’s institutions have gone against the grain of national decline; the London School of Economics has risen from 47th to 39th place, Edinburgh University has climbed from 36th to 32nd and York has rocketed from joint 121st to 103rd. The average top 200 UK university has fallen 6.7 places – compared to a 6.5 decline for the average US university.
In total, 10 UK universities are in the top 100 of the Times Higher Education World University Rankings for 2012/13, compared with 12 last year and 14 in 2010/11.
The league table, using Thomson Reuters to analyse the data, rates universities across 13 separate performance indicators, which are then grouped in five categories: teaching, research, citations, industry income and international outlook.
Although Oxford University took a very respectable joint second place with Stanford, figures have shown a record number of UK students pursued US study in the 2010-11 academic year, and with no signs of slowing down either.
The latest available data, from IIE Open Doors, shows in 2010-11, more than 9,000 UK students were enrolled at US colleges – meaning the UK higher missed out on £243m worth of tuition fees.
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