Nine UK universities in the world top 100

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There are nine UK universities in the world top 100, with Cambridge at fifth and Oxford at tenth, the Independent reports.

Compiled by Shanghai Jiao Tong University, the league table is based largely on six research-orientated measures and topped yet again by America’s esteemed Harvard University.

Swansea University is a notable casualty of the list, dropping off for 2013, but University College London and Imperial College London remain steadfast in 21st and 24th place respectively.

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There’s been some improvement for UK institutions, with the University of Bristol rising six places to settle at 64th, Kings College London shuffling up one to 67th and the University of Nottingham jumping three to 83rd. The University of Manchester is in 41st place, with the University of Edinburgh in at 51st.

Shanghai Jiao Tong ranked universities by indicators of academic or research performance. Meanwhile, the Times Higher Education rankings for 2012/13 suggest that the UK has three universities in the world’s top ten for arts and humanities (Oxford, Cambridge and UCL) and three for life sciences (Oxford, Cambridge and Imperial College London).

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