Times Higher Education released their 2015 reputation ranking. As always since the start of this ranking Harvard stayed on number 1. However, rank 2 and 3 fell into the hands of the British this year. The University of Cambridge and the University of Oxford replaced MIT and Stanford at these spots. As a whole this ranking which is solely based on a survey is rather volatile so yearly changes should not be taken too seriously.
These are the top 10:
In the long term there are some tendencies, however, which are distinct. Comparing the newest 2015 ranking with the oldest 2011 ranking we see:
1. Japan’s rankings have fallen. University of Tokyo fell from #8 to #12 and Kyoto from #18 to #27.
2. German universities are climbing. While Germany had only University of Munich in the top 50 in 2011 (barely making it at #48) it now has 3 top 50 universities: University of Munich, Heidelberg University and Humboldt University of Berlin.
3. China is gaining ranks. Tsinghua and Peking University came from #35 and #43 and are now ranked #26 and #32
4. Switzerland is rising. ETH Zurich started from #24 and is now #15. EPFL came from the 71-80 blog and now makes #48.