University Top 100 World Rankings: UK and Japan on equal footing
England and Japan have an equal number of institutions in the latest rankings of the top 100 universities in the world, while Israel is hot on their heels.

The Center for World University Rankings' (CWUR) annual league table, which was published on Tuesday, saw the US dominate with 57 institutions in the top 100, while England managed a meagre six - as did Japan. France followed closely with five, while Canada, Israel and Switzerland all had four of their institutions make the grade.

The CWUR's global university performance tables are the only rankings to measure the quality of education, training of students, as well as the prestige of the faculty members and the quality of their research, without relying on surveys and university data submissions.

Apr 27
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Apr 27
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Apr 27
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Apr 27
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