London is the planet’s top city for university education

London has more top universities than any other city in the world. We really are great.

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UCL is ranked one of the best unis in the world – but you knew that already


London has more top universities than any other city in the world.

The latest stats from the Times Higher Education rankings have Imperial College London, UCL, the LSE and King’s College London in the top 40 – that’s more top unis than the whole of Japan.

The top of the table is dominated by US universities – with Oxford, Cambridge and Imperial College London the only British unis in the top ten.


Not good news for Newcastle – it’s struggling against international rivals


The rankings could spell trouble for the rest of the country, however; universities outside Oxbridge and London have dropped in the list, with Edinburgh, Manchester, Bristol, Sheffield, Warwick and Nottingham all losing out to foreign institutions.

According to Sir Christopher Snowden, president of Universities UK, the list proves that the UK has “the second-strongest university system in the world after the US”.


The California Institute of Technology topped the list for the second year running, but who cares about those guys, right?


Referring to the elite ‘golden triangle’ of colleges in Oxford, Cambridge and London, he continued: “It is no surprise that a small number of UK universities at the very top end will remain more stable, with others more likely to fluctuate.”

Here’s the full top ten:

  1. California Institute of Technology
  2. Harvard University
  3. University of Oxford
  4. Stanford University
  5. Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  6. Princeton University
  7. University of Cambridge
  8. University of California, Berkeley
  9. University of Chicago
  10. Imperial College London