Top universities

While I do not give a rat’s rear about the usefulness of so-called academic league tables, it is striking just how much in favour they are of English-speaking institutions. The Times Higher Education – 2008 QS World University Rankings place only one non-anglophone university in the top 20: University of Tokyo (19); and a total of five six within the top 30: ETH Zurich (24), Kyoto University (25), U of Hong Kong (26), École Normale Supérieure Paris (29), and National University of Singapore (30).

What happened to Continental European institutions? Germany’s highest placed entry, Heidelberg, for example, comes in at 57.

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