American colleges have dominated again in the latest global university rankings with eight US institutions coming in the top 10.
Forty-four of the world’s 100 best-regarded universities were American, according to a reputation survey, including 28 of the top 50.
Harvard came top of the Times Higher Education league table for the eighth year in a row, with MIT second and Stanford University third.
Pennsylvania State University jumped more than 10 places to make the top 50 alongside other prestigious institutions as Duke and Columbia.
Harvard University (pictured) came top of the Times Higher Education league table for the eighth year in a row, with MIT second and Stanford University third
Princeton, Yale and the University of California, Berkeley, were also in the top ten along with UCLA and the University of Chicago who were tied for ninth place.
UCLA made the top ten for the first time since 2014 after jumping four places in the standings.
Phil Baty, the magazine’s editorial director of global rankings, said America had improved its position with more top 100 institutions than last year, University World News reports.
He said: ‘What is particularly striking is that the US has actually strengthened its position in the world… despite fears that the US is suffering a “Trump slump” in terms of its global reputation.
‘While we have seen evidence that some international students are seeing the US as a less attractive option, with declining applications, this data from the global academic community suggests the top US universities remain the most highly regarded in the world by a mile.’
Oxford and Cambridge in the UK were the only non-American entries in the top 10, while the University of Tokyo was the highest-ranked Asian college in 13th place.
Top American colleges ‘earned their reputations over the whole 20th century and beyond and have not slipped in standard, so they are difficult to displace,’ said analyst Simon Marginson.
Universities in South Korea and Singapore ‘only really showed themselves as strong in the 1990s, and China’s rise is essentially post-2000,’ he said.
The rankings look at each institution’s reputation for research and teaching, based on a survey of more than 10,100 academics in 138 countries.