World Reputation Rankings Reveal Most Prestigious Universities in 2015


The annual World Reputation Rankings 2015 was released by the Times Higher Education (THE). The list outlines the world’s most prestigious universities for this year. The ranking is based on different factors and disciplines offered by each of these universities. Once again, the US and the UK dominate the list, while MENA universities’ names are absent from the top 100.

The new Zayed University Campus library
The new Zayed University Campus library

UK and US universities continue their domination on THE’s latest World Reputation Rankings list. The difference compared to last year is that UK universities have witnessed a rise on the ranking. Both Cambridge and Oxford remain in the top ten and both have improved their positions. Oxford climbed two slots. Cambridge, on the other hand, is now the second most prestigious university in the world. In comparison to 2014, the number of UK universities on the World Reputation Rankings 2015 has increased from 10 to 12, thanks to the rise registered by Warwick and Durham.

Many of the US’ most prestigious higher education institutions, on the other hand, saw a decline. Among them are also Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) (4) and Stanford University (5). Even though they were in the top 3 in 2014, they have each dropped two slots.

Nevertheless, Havard, also a US university, continues to maintain its first spot on the list. In fact, the institution has remained on top of the ranking since 2011, when the ranking was first released. The university is often topping other prestigious lists. For instance, the Global Employability University Survey ranked Harvard as the second higher education institute with the most employable graduates. Times Higher Education’s World University Rankings for 2014-2015 also placed it on the second spot.

Not a single university located in the Middle East or North Africa has made it to the ranking this year.

The University of Tokyo (12) is the highest-rated Asian university this year. Nevertheless, it continues to lose positions on the list and still has not returned back to the top 10.

Australia presence on THE’s World Reputation Rankings 2015 is almost as strong as that of Asia. Still, this year there is only one Australian university among the first 50 – University of Melbourne.

Most prestigious universities in 2015:

  • Harvard University
  • University of Cambridge
  • University of Oxford
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
  • Stanford University
  • Unviersity of California, Berkeley
  • Princeton University
  • Yale University
  • California Institute of Technology (Caltech)
  • Columbia University


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