‘The UK’s reputation on the world stage for having some of the best universities is “diminishing” as Asian institutions gather pace, claims a new set of rankings.
According to Times Higher Education’s (THE) World Reputation Rankings, the UK has just ten universities in the complete 100 - down two on last year - while institutions from across Asia have managed to take up 18 places - an increase of ten on 2015.
Editor of the rankings, Phil Baty, acknowledged how the UK “has lost ground,” even though the country is still the second most-represented nation in the list of the most reputable universities, behind the US which dominates with 43 out of 100.
Highlighting how seven of the UK’s ten institutions are ranked in lower positions on last year, Mr Baty said: “Even the country’s most prestigious institutions have slipped, with the universities of Cambridge and Oxford each dropping two places to fourth and fifth place respectively.”’ - Independent
Alan Smithers, director of the Centre for Education and Employment Research at Buckingham University, said: "The UK university system is still punching above its weight, but there are worrying signs that its global standing may be in decline.
"In part, this is because for immigration reasons universities have become less open to students and scholars from around the world.
"But it is also because of Government interference. Its current polices are causing universities to take their eye off the ball of recruiting the best to comply with Government demands to increase the proportions entering and graduating from state schools, ethnic minorities and postcodes from which, in the past, few students have come.’ – Telegraph