http://bathknightblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/telegraph-logo.jpgBy . British universities tumbled down major international league tables published today amid warnings that the higher education system risks descending into “global mediocrity”.
Figures show that just 10 institutions were named among the top 100 in the world compared with 14 two years ago. It also emerged that the majority of universities listed in the international rankings had seen their global standing fall in the last 12 months.
Data published by Times Higher Education magazine showed that Oxford was named as the joint second best university in the world behind the California Institute of Technology in the US, which was top for the second year running. Cambridge was seventh - down one - and Imperial College London retained eighth position, according to the tables published by Times Higher Education magazine. But experts warned that - beyond a small elite - the standing of British universities had suffered in the face of fierce competition from other nations, particularly in the Far East. More...