Harvard University has been named the best university in the world in the Times Higher Education annual ranking.
Whilst the UK’s universities of Cambridge (2nd) and Oxford (3rd) pushed down transatlantic rivals Massachusetts Institute of Technology MIT (4th) and Stanford (5th), the rest of the top ten is made up of University of California, Berkeley (6th), Princeton University (7th), Yale University (8th), California Institute of Technology (9th) and Columbia University (10th).
Whilst Berkeley, Princeton, Yale and CalTech all hold their places from the 2014 Times Higher Education ranking, Columbia has entered the top ten for the first time. It replaces the University of California, Los Angeles, which has dropped to 13th place.
The top ten list in full is made up of:
6. University of California, Berkeley
Further down the list the US continues to dominate, with 26 of the top 50 places overall, and a total of 43 of the top 100 (down from 46 last year).
The US’s star performers include Columbia, rising into the top 10 from 23rd in 2011, when the survey was first carried out, and New York University, which this year makes 20th place, up from outside the top 50 in 2011.