Eighteen of the world’s 100 best universities are in the UK, according to new statistics released today, and Manchester is eighth in the country.
Four of the top six institutions are British, as Cambridge came in second behind the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the annual QS World University Rankings.
And the University of Manchester is 32nd – down three places – with a score of 84.2 out of 100, beating Brown University and New York University.
The success of British universities has also run parallel with an increase in international students being accepted onto courses – almost ten percent more overseas pupils studied this year at the top 50 institutions.
QS head of research Ben Sowter said: “The unprecedented acceleration in international recruitment reflects an escalating global battle for talent.
“120,000 more international students were reported by the top 500 universities this year, suggesting the global total may now exceed 4million.”
The Manchester Metropolitan University did not make the top 700, and the University of Salford remained in the 551-600 bracket.
UK universities in the top 100 are as follows:
Cambridge University (2)
Oxford University (5)
Imperial College London (6)
Edinburgh University (21)
King’s College London (KCL) (26)
Bristol University (28)
Manchester University (32)
Glasgow University (54)
Warwick University (58)
Sheffield University (66)
Nottingham University (72)
Southampton University (73)
Birmingham University (77)
Durham University (92)
St Andrews University (93)
Leeds University (94)