UK dominates list of top 10 European universities, but US takes top five global positions

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Oxford University Takes Number One Position In The World University Rankings
The University of Oxford fell behind five US universities in the global ranking (Source: Getty)

The University of Oxford has been named as Europe’s best by a new global ranking, ahead of Cambridge in second, Imperial College in third and University College London in fourth.

The rankings have been compiled by US News & World and Oxford came sixth in the list behind – you guessed it – five American institutions: Harvard, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Stanford University, University of California Berkeley, and the California Institute of Technology.

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"US universities do especially well in the Best Global Universities rankings because they place an enormous emphasis on academic research – a key factor in our methodology since these are indicators that can be compared globally," said Robert Morse, chief data strategist at US News.

Overall, in the top 1,000 list, the US contributed 210 universities, ahead of 87 from China, 68 from the UK, 55 from Germany and 49 from France.

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Top 10 European universities

1 – University of Oxford (UK)

2 – University of Cambridge (UK)

3 – Imperial College London (UK)

4 – University College London (UK)

5 – Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (Switzerland)

6 – University of Edinburgh (UK)

7 – Ecole Polytechnique Federale of Lausanne (Switzerland)

8 – King’s College London (UK)

9 – University of Copenhagen (Denmark)

10 – Catholic University of Leuven (Belgium)