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Caltech 2nd in top world universities

September 17, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
A London-based magazine has picked the California Institute of Technology as the number two university in the world. The Times Higher Education World University rankings were released on Thursday.

Harvard was first, followed by Caltech, MIT, Stanford, and Princeton rounded out the top five. Another California institution, the University of California at Berkeley, ranked eighth and the University of California Los Angeles ranked eleventh.

Last year, Caltech ranked tenth and this year was only one tenth of a percent from tying Harvard for first place. According to the magazine, the new rating system helped Caltech jump eight spots. It now assigns more weight to what the magazine calls objective measures of research and teaching quality, and less to subjective criteria such as reputation and historic stature.

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