Oxford tops university rankings for fourth year running

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The University of Oxford clinched the top spot for the fourth consecutive year.

THE UNIVERSITY of Edinburgh has fallen one place in an annual ranking of the world's top higher education establishments - despite retaining its place as Scotland's best.

. But both IIT Kharagpur and IIT Delhi have stepped up by 100 ranks from the previous year, reports Times of India. IISC was followed by the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Ropar and IIT Indore that also fell in 351-400 bracket.

A total of 56 Indian institutes are among thousand world-class universities this year, up from 49 last year. According to the U.S. Department of Education, there are more than 4,000 four-year universities in the country.

In the area of teaching - the learning environment - UCT's scores increased, with the university jumping up 35 places.

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Ellie Bothwell, THE rankings editor, told Live Mint: "India has a huge amount of potential in global higher education, given its rapidly growing youth population and economy and use of English-language instruction".

This year's classification sees a more worldwide ranking of 1,400 universities across 92 countries, with several new regions joining the ranking as Brunei, Cuba, Malta, Montenegro, Puerto Rico and Vietnam all see institutions represented for the first time. As per the new ranking, the gap between the top educational and research institutes of the country and their global contemporaries has widened. "It must also be stated, however, that the traditional Anglo-American powerhouses will not be displaced at the top of our rankings easily".

However, it just needs to back these aspirations with high levels of investment - or risk declining further amid increasing global competition, especially from other parts of Asia. Rounding out the rest of the top ten were the California Institute of Technology, University of Cambridge, Stanford University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Princeton University, Harvard University, Yale University, the University of Chicago, and Imperial College London.

"Canada's top universities have risen up the table", states the report.

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