The Times Higher Education magazine today published its 2012 World Reputation Rankings, a complementary league to the World University Rankings, each of which are based on the earth\’s largest survey of educational opinion.
The results show a continued dominance of america in terms of global reputation. Harvard, MIT, Berkeley and Stanford all appear in the top six for the second year running (the rankings\’ inception was 2011). Oxford and Cambridge round out the top 6, that is unchanged in composition from last year. However, the gap between these 6 world-leaders and the rest of the pack has widened.
This can at least partly be related to the combination people dominance out there (44 from the top 100 schools are US-based) and a general slipping in the reputation of US public universities within the wake of public funding cuts at these institutions.
Phil Baty, Editor, Times Higher Education Rankings, said: \”The US has the most highly regarded universities in the world by a long way. With a stunning 44 institutions in the world top 100 reputation list, no country comes anywhere near it. But there is absolutely no room for complacency. A lot of US institutions have seen their waiting in the table slip, with a few of the great public institutions taking significant hits because the world watches their public funding being slashed. This really is bad news.
\”Meanwhile the very best Asian universities C notably in China, Hong Kong and Singapore, that have seen very healthy levels of investment using their governments, have almost all seen a rise in their reputational standing. You will find clear signs of the start of a power shift from West to East.\”
The second most well-represented country within the top 100 is the UK, with 10 entries (down from 12 this year). Apart from Oxbridge maintaining their positions in the top six other well-respected UK universities have fallen within the rankings.
Despite the continuing Western dominance in the rankings, their is commonly a large degree if inertia according of intangibles such as reputation, so the general trending downwards of US and UK institutions is more concerning for Western education than it may initially appear.? As opposed to this slip other countries that are investing heavily in education for example Japan and China have experienced their representatives rising in the tables.
The poll has attracted almost 31,000 responses from 149 countries in only two annual rounds. The 2010 results are based on a record 17,554 responses from senior, published academics, up by 31 per cent on last year\’s poll of 13,388 academics.