Latest Report Shows Increasing Importance of University Rankings

The new edition of the &ldquo;Times Higher Education-QS World University Rankings 2008&rdquo; indicates an increasing acceptance of the importance of these rankings by the international higher education community and those that employ graduates from the top universities in the world.<br /><br />The &ldquo;THE-QS World University Rankings 2008&rdquo; have received unprecedented response levels from both the international academic community and employers: 6,354 academics (compared with 5,101 in 2007) and 2,339 employers (compared with 1,482 in 2007) responded to the surveys, eager to reflect the position and influence of the world&rsquo;s leading universities.<br /><br />Now in its fifth year, the research is conducted and compiled by QS Quacquarelli Symonds and features in print in Times Higher Education and online on the QS Web site.<br /><br />This latest edition of the &ldquo;THE-QS World University Rankings&rdquo; also reflects the increasing profile of technology-based universities, with many of the world&rsquo;s top universities in this area such as Caltech, MIT, ETH Zurich and Hong Kong University of Science and Technology improving their position. As demand by international employers for more technology-literate graduates has grown, the importance of these universities has risen in the Rankings.<br /><br />Other highlights include: <br /><br /><ul><li><strong>Top 10: </strong>The U.K. and USA continue to dominate: Harvard University remains as the top university, with Yale moving ahead of Cambridge for the second spot. Oxford drops to fourth, while Princeton drops out of the top 10, replaced by the only new entrant in the top 10, Columbia University.</li><li><strong>Top 50:</strong> Thirteen countries feature in the…


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