You might feel the reputation of your prospective university is the deciding factor, if not the most important, in choosing where you go to study. This is completely understandable when long-term job prospects can be greatly influenced by the institution you graduate from.
According to the Times University Reputation Ranking 2016, the top ten is almost exclusively made up of institutions in the UK and US, with the first appearance of a university outside of these two countries appearing in 12th position, the University of Tokyo.
The US has 26 universities in the Times World University Rankings top 50
The US has a leading presence in the Times World University Rankings 2015 – 2016, with a total of 43 US universities included in the world’s top 100.
There are eight universities within the US that are generally viewed as some of the most prestigious in the world, with four appearing in the top ten. Harvard has topped the Times World University Reputation Rankings every year since 2011.
The UK has 7 universities in the Times World University Rankings top 50
An impressive 71 UK universities feature in the Times World University Rankings, with two currently ranked among the world’s top 10.
The Russell Group is 24 research-intensive institutions that are the most prestigious in the country. They produce more than two-thirds of the world-leading research in UK universities, support over 300,000 jobs across the country and have a total economic output of more than $47 billion every year. It’s no surprise that Russell Group universities are recognised throughout the world, leading to increased job prospects for graduates.
Germany has 3 universities in the Times World University Rankings top 50
Although the prestige of Germany’s institutions is surpassed by those in the UK and US, it still has many highly respected institutions for you to choose from.
Two cities in Germany offer the most prestigious university options in the country. Berlin has Germany’s largest concentration of institutions, including The Humboldt University of Berlin. The Humboldt is the oldest university in the city and offers a vast array of subjects. As a graduate you would be in good company, with 40 Nobel Prize laureates affiliated with the institution, including Einstein. The Free University in Berlin, one of the country’s largest universities, ranks alongside The Humboldt within the top 200 in the world.
However, it is Munich that is home to the more prestigious of the country’s institutions. Ludwig Maximilan University is ranked among the top 50 universities in the world and the Technical University Munich is at 105.
France has 0 universities in the Times World University Rankings top 50
France only has two universities in the top 100. There are 27 higher education institutions in the US and 7 UK institutions that appear above the highest ranking French university.
Universities in France lack prestige on a global scale, and cannot compete with those found in the US and UK.
However, there are some institutions, including as the Collège de France, École Normal Supérieure, EHESS, Sciences Po, École Polytechnique, and the École des Mines, that are respected, but fail to make an impact on the world stage.
Australia has 1 university in the Times World University Rankings top 50
Even the most prestigious institutions in Australia, known as the Group of Eight, are not recognised on the same level as the most respected universities found in the UK and US. The Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2015 – 2016 have Australia’s highest entrant, the University of Melbourne, at 33rd.
In 2014, Australia slipped from third to joint fourth on The Times’ prestige index, partly in response to budget cuts 12 months prior that restricted funding to the country’s universities.