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2008 Edition of World University Rankings Released

New 2008 Edition of Times Higher-QS World University Rankings Released Today

(and online at 00:01 GMT on 10th October at


The new edition of the THE-QS World University Rankings 2008 indicate the increasing profile of technology-based universities, with many of the top universities in the world in this area improving their position. As demand by international employers for more technology-literate graduates has grown, the importance of these universities has risen in the Rankings.

Other highlights include:

• Unprecedented response levels to surveys - 6,354 academics (compared with 5,101 in 2007) and 2,339 employers (compared with 1,482 in 2007)

Top 10: the UK universities and US universities continue to dominate - Harvard University remains as the top university, with Yale moving ahead of Cambridge for the second spot. Oxford drops to fourth, while Princeton drops out of the top ten, replaced by the only new entrant in the Top 10, Columbia University.

Top 100: the number of Asian universities remain at 13 for the second year in a row, but the number of North American universities has dropped to 42 (43 in 2007).

Top 200: universities from 33 different countries (28 countries in 2007) are represented.

Ann Mroz, editor of THE, says: These Rankings use an unprecedented and accurate amount of data to deliver the best overall look at the strength of the world s top universities.

Nunzio Quacquarelli, Managing Director of QS and co-editor of the Top Universities Guide, says: In just five years, the THE-QS World University Rankings have become the primary benchmark for comparing universities across borders.

The top 10 Universities in 2008 are as follows:
1 / 1 / HARVARD University
2 / 2= / YALE University
3 / 2= / University of CAMBRIDGE
4 / 2= / University of OXFORD
5 / 7= / CALIFORNIA Institute of Technology (Caltech)
6 / 5 / IMPERIAL College London
7 / 9 / UCL (University College London)
8 / 7= / University of CHICAGO
9 / 10 / MASSACHUSETTS Institute of Technology (MIT)
10 / 11 / COLUMBIA University

Source: QS Quacquarelli Symonds (

For the full list of Top 200 Universities please visit

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