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Two London Universities Ranked In World's Top Five

Tuesday 10th September 2013

Two London universities are among the top five best places to study in the world.


University College London and Imperial College London are the fourth and fifth best places to study in the world, only behind Cambridge Univeristy, and US-based Harvard and Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

A record six British institutions have made it into the top 20 this year.

Other London univeristies on the list are Kings College London, ranked at 19th and London School of Economics at 68th.

UCL's new President Professor Michael Arthur was delighted, saying: "UCL is undoubtedly one of the world's leading universities and I am pleased to see this reflected in this latest league table position.

"I believe that success in these rankings is down to both our established institutional strengths and our ongoing determination to play a leading role in higher education as it continues to evolve, both in the UK and globally.

Universities Minister David Willetts has called the news that more UK univerisies are world class  "fantastic news".

He added: "We are not complacent, and we know we must work hard to remain the best. Our reforms to undergraduate finance have put universities on a sustainable financial footing and sharpened incentives to deliver a world-class student experience."

However, John O'Leary from the QS Global Academic Advisory Board, who wrote the report, warns that a lack of funding will cost British higher education.

He said: "The UK invests below the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development average in higher education, so it is unrealistic to expect its universities to continue to punch above their weight indefinitely.

Although five UK universities are now 10 places higher than in 2007, the authors of the report published today said that of the 45 British institutions in top 400, 29 rank lower than they did during the economic crisis in 2008/09. Since the recession, 21 institutions in the UK have dropped by more than 10 places in the rankings.