Sheffield dips out of world university table

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TOUGHER competition from Asia has forced The University of Sheffield out of a respected top 100 table of world rankings – and reduced the number of UK institutions listed to 10.

Both Sheffield and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine have dipped out of the list compiled by the Times Higher Education Supplement, while others have fallen down the table. Only the LSE and Manchester University bucked the trend.

Universities in the Far East are improving their reputations for academic excellence, with top institutions in China and Japan rising rapidly.

Phil Baty, rankings editor at the supplement, said: “Make no mistake, this data should be uncomfortable news for the UK – our global reputation as the home of outstanding universities has been hit.”

Cambridge is the top ranked UK university in third place, while Oxford is sixth. Harvard University in the US was first, followed by Massachusetts Institute of Technology.