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Cambridge has fallen to its lowest ever place in a well-respected global league table as two thirds of British universities fell down the rankings.
The University of Cambridge dropped a place to seventh and is now three places below its main rival the University of Oxford, which rose one spot to fourth.
UK - Performance - Rankings - Year - Rank
The UK recorded its third-worst performance in the rankings this year with the average rank of the 84 ranked UK institutions decreasing by nearly 13 places.
University College London however rose two places to eighth in the QS World University Rankings, while Imperial College London fell one place to ninth.
Massachusetts - Institute - Technology - Place - Year
Massachusetts Institute of Technology retained top place for the eighth year in a row, ahead of Stanford and Harvard – which stayed in second and third respectively.
The rankings examine 1,000 universities through research impact, academic standing, student/staff ratio, graduate employability and teaching capacity.
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The other three universities in the top ten are the California Institute of Technology in fifth, ETH Zurich in sixth and the University of Chicago in tenth.
Those behind the data for QS, which has 14 offices around the world including in London and Paris, said the fall comes amid declining international student ratios across UK and US universities.
Experts - US - Performance - Rankings - History
The experts added that the US recorded its worst performance in rankings history with only 16 per cent of universities improving their rank.
But 69 per cent of Australian universities saw their ranks improve in the latest rankings, suggesting...
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