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Cambridge University Ranked Second Best in the World

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Cambridge University has climbed from fourth place to second, in the latest Times Higher Education World University Rankings. The institution was beaten to first place by its close rival The University of Oxford.

It's the first time the top two spots have been represented by UK universities.

Both universities were helped by an increase in income, a key metric used in the rankings. This increase was attributed to a rise in contributions related to European Union research grants.

This helped Cambridge and Oxford increase their total income by 11% and 24% respectively. Meanwhile their closest rivals, the California Institute of Technology and Stanford University both saw income fall.

However, according to Times Higher Education, the was very little between the top ranked universities, with all excelling against measures such as teaching, research, citations, international outlook and income.

It was highlighted though, that around a quarter of Cambridge's research income, and a fifth of Oxford's, come from EU grants. Therefore, there are concerns that Brexit could pose a threat to UK's universities if this funding is lost, particularly if it leads to declines in world rankings.

Despite the top spots being taken by UK universities, the US still dominates proceedings.

Just some of the other UK universities in the top 50 include Imperial College London, University College London, London School of Economics, University of Edinburgh and King's College London.