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London has more prestigious universities than any other city in the world, according to a respected global ranking

Posted by Hannah Oakman | March 06, 2014 | International

London has more of the world's most prestigious universities - including some of the best medical and business schools - than any other city in the world, according to a respected global ranking of higher education institutions.

The capital boasts six universities in the top 100 of The Times Higher Education World Reputation Rankings 2014, which, according to research, are used as one of the most important considerations for students choosing where to study, above fees and even course content.

London centres of academic excellence in the rankings include four centres of expertise carrying out groundbreaking work in the fields of medicine and science and two top class business schools.

Kit Malthouse, Deputy Mayor for Business and Enterprise and Chairman of London & Partners, the Mayor of London‚s promotional organisation, said: "It  is heartening to once again see so many of London‚s universities ranked in the top 100 institutions worldwide. 

"London continues to give young people a student experience like no other city on earth, both in terms of lifestyle and stimulation, and in the quality of the academic offer. 

Phil Baty, Editor of Times Higher Education Rankings, said: "These results are fantastic news for London. Today‚s rankings confirm London‚s status as the undisputed centre of the world when it comes to global higher education and research. London has six of the world‚s 100 most prestigious universities, and no other city comes even close to that.

"Cambridge in Massachusetts, home to Harvard and MIT, does well, but it is simply no match for London in terms of the sheer number and diversity of top-class institutions, which range from giants like UCL and King‚s to highly specialist centres of excellence like LBS and the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. London is a great melting pot of top talent across the disciplines.

"This ranking is based on nothing more than subjective opinion, but it is the expert opinion of experienced scholars from all over the world ˆ those who know most about excellence in teaching and research. And reputation is everything in higher education ˆ drawing in top student and academic talent, inward investment and philanthropy. 

Imperial College London and the London School of Economics and Political Science move up one place to 13th and 24threspectively, while University College London is 25th. However, King's College London, which boasts Professor Peter Higgs and the Most Reverend Desmond Tutu among its alumni, is Europe's biggest riser up from around 70 to 43.

The city can now also claim two new specialist entrants in the London Business School and London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) which are ranked between 91-100.

After the United States, the UK has the most top 100 representatives - 10 up from nine last year while Germany has six and Japan and Australia both have five.

The other UK universities in the top 100 include University of Cambridge (4), University of Oxford (5), University of Edinburgh and University of Manchester.

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