World's top university ?

World's top university: Massachusetts Institute of Technology Dethrones Cambridge

UK universities have taken four of the six top slots in a global university "league table" for 2011-12.
With US's Massachusetts Institute of Technology leading the list, UK's Cambridge, which was top last year, stood second and Harvard University ranked third in the QS World University Rankings, based on a number of criteria.
University College, London (UCL), Oxford and Imperial took fourth, fifth and sixth places respectively.
Seventh place was awarded to Yale University, followed by University of Chicago, Princeton University and the tenth position to California Institute of Technology.
Ben Sowter, of QS Research, warned higher fees and new visa rules could see UK universities struggle next year. Students trying to get ahead of a trebling in fees for English undergraduates had produced a surge in applications to start university in autumn 2011, Sowter told BBC News.
"We won't know for sure until the 2012 results come in, but we may see a drop off next year," he said.
He also said tougher visa rules for international students could deter some from applying to UK universities.
Just 40% of UK employers agreed visa regulations had helped them hire international graduates - globally the figure was 70% said Sowter. The UK government has been widely criticized by MPs within the past week for tightening the student-visa system. The QS rankings rate the world's top 400 universities.

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