The University of Cambridge ranks third, after Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology, on the Times Higher Education survey. THE World Reputation Ranking, published in March 2011 with data supplied by Thomson Reuters is the first survey of its kind looking solely at the reputations of institutions for teaching and research.

Taking 12 of the places in the top 100, the UK is second only to the US, a massive 45 on the total ranking, with Cambridge University beatingOxford. Cambridge was ranked first also in the most recent ranking of UK universities, published by The Guardian last May. Graduates of Cambridge have won a total of 61 Nobel Prizes, the most of any university in the world. The University of Tokyo ranks eighth and it is the only other nation apart from the US and the UK to feature in the top ten. Imperial CollegeUniversity College London (UCL), the London School of Economics and Edinburgh University make the top 50.

The ranking is the largest global survey of academic opinion ever undertaken, based on a survey of 13,388 academics over 131 countries and is partly used as indicators for compiling the well-known Times Higher Education World University Rankings. University reputations have become of even bigger interest for future students now that university fees are sky-rocketing and there are more applicants than ever competing for places.