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Asia moves up university league table

British and US universities dominate the top of a league table of universities worldwide published Thursday, but Oxford has slipped one place to joint fifth.

Harvard remains in top spot in the Times Higher Education league table, followed by Britain's Cambridge University then Yale in third place, with London's University College and Imperial College in fourth and fifth.

But Asian universities, while still struggling to break into the top 20, are moving upwards, with numbers in the top 200 growing in Japan, Hong Kong, South Korea and Malaysia.

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The University of Tokyo (東京大学
 in 22nd place come the University of Hong Kong The University of Hong Kong (commonly abbreviated as HKU, pronounced as "Hong Kong U") is the oldest tertiary institution in Hong Kong. Its motto is "Sapientia et Virtus" in Latin, and "  in 24th, Japan's Kyoto University in 25th, and the National University of Singapore The National University of Singapore (Abbreviation: NUS) is Singapore's oldest university. It is the largest university in the country in terms of student enrollment and curriculum offered.  in 30th.

Philip Altbach of Boston University says the Asian improvement is due to a number of factors.

"These countries have invested heavily in higher education in recent years, and this is reflected in the improved quality in their top institutions," he told the Times education weekly.

"They have also attempted to internationalise their universities by hiring more faculty from overseas... this helps to improve their visibility globally," he added.

Europe's top non-British university is Switzerland's Federal Institute of Technology in 20th spot, followed by France's Ecole Normale Superieure (body) Ecole Normale Superieure - (ENS) A higher education and research institution in Paris, France.  in 28th. The top German university is the Technical University of Munich Munich University of Technology, or Technical University of Munich (TUM) (in German: Technische Universit√§t M√ľnchen, TUM), is a major German university located in Munich (and the towns of Garching and Freising outside of Munich). , in 55th.

The top non-US and non-European universities are the Australian National University Australian National University, located in Canberra and state-sponsored, founded 1946 as Australia's only completely research-oriented university. Originally limited to graduate studies, it expanded in 1960, merging with Canberra University College (est. 1929).  in 17th place, down one, and Canada's McGill University in 18th position, down two.
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