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London has best universities in the world, say experts

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By Lucy Miller

Some good news for students in the capital – London has more of the world’s most prestigious universities than any other city in the world, according to a 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.

The universities in the top 100 are Imperial College London, the London School of Economics, University College London, King’s College London, London Business School and London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM).

Imperial College London and the London School of Economics and Political Science move up one place to 13th and 24th respectively, while University College London (UCL) is 25th.

King’s College, which boasts Professor Peter Higgs and the Reverend Desmond Tutu among its alumni, is Europe’s biggest riser up from around 70 to 43.

London’s success comes partly from having some of the world’s top medical and business schools – it can boast two new specialist entrants in the London Business School and LSHTM, which are ranked between 91 and 100.

The other UK universities in the top 100 include University of Cambridge (4), University of Oxford (5), University of Edinburgh (46) and University of Manchester ranked (51-60).

The rankings are based on “the expert opinion of experienced scholars from all over the world – those who know most about excellence in teaching and research,” says Phil Baty, Editor of Times Higher Education Rankings.

He adds: “Reputation is everything in higher education – drawing in top student and academic talent, inward investment and philanthropy.”

Kit Malthouse, Deputy Mayor for Business and Enterprise, says: “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.  I am particularly proud of London’s strong science base – it is truly a world hub for all the sciences, for students, researchers and investors alike.”

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