In a new revelation, four of the most respected London universities have slipped down a global league table following rows over executive pay, sub-par teaching and ‘safe space’ censorship.
Bengaluru’s Indian Institute of Science (IISc) has made it to the list of top 100 in the World Reputation Rankings 2018. The last time it was featured was in 2011.
According to this year’s World Reputation Rankings, there are just nine UK institutions in the top 100 – down from ten last year, with Durham falling out.
While Cambridge retain the 4th position, Oxford, which had been joint-fourth last year, slipped to fifth.
King’s College London (41st) and Edinburgh (34th) slipped by one place, while the London School of Economics fell five places to 25th.
University College London fell two places to 18th and Imperial College also fell by two, to 20th.
The rankings have been compiled by Times Higher Education from a survey of 10,000 academics across the world.
A number of prestigious colleges scored poorly with many universities drawing criticism over so-called ‘snowflake’ students clamping down on free speech and demanding ‘safe spaces’ in lectures, where controversial subjects are censored.
The other UK universities ranked in the top 100 were Manchester, in joint 51st, and Warwick in joint 81st.
Oxford and Cambridge were the only non-US universities to make the top ten. The list was topped by Harvard.
Ranked at 91, Indian Institute of Science is the only Indian University to have made it to the prestigious list.