UCLA remains one of the best public universities in the world, according to a new international report released March 5. In addition to ranking No. 2 among public universities, the campus maintained its status as one of the world's top 10 schools overall in the London Times Higher Education World Reputation Rankings, which rates institutions of higher learning according to international prestige.
The top 10 institutions this year, in order, are Harvard University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Stanford University, the University of Cambridge, the University of Oxford, UC Berkeley, Princeton University, Yale University, the California Institute of Technology and UCLA.
The 2014 reputation rankings were based on survey responses from 10,536 senior academics around the world who reported an average of 18 years working in higher education. The academics — all published scholars who were selected to be statistically representative of their geographical region and academic discipline — were asked their views on the excellence of research and teaching in their particular field at universities throughout the world. Since its establishment in 2011, the survey has garnered 58,117 responses from scholars in more than 150 countries.
The reputation rankings are a spinoff of the annual Times Higher Education World University Rankings, which uses 13 primarily objective indicators to deliver a multifaceted and balanced picture of university performance. Data from the reputation survey is used to form two of the indicators included in the overall World University Rankings.
The new rankings reinforce UCLA's reputation as one of the top schools in the world. UCLA also placed among the top 25 in U.S. News and World Report's most recent list of the best colleges and universities.