Northwestern University moved up while the University of Chicago slipped in a new ranking of the world’s top universities.

The University of Chicago fell from 9th to 10th place while Northwestern moved up from 26th to 19th.

The rankings were published by the British-based publication Times Higher Education.

More broadly the rankings show sharp increases in rankings for schools in the Asia-Pacivic region, which the publication credits to increasing financial support for universities in China, Taiwan, Souh Korea and Singapore.

And the report notes a general decline for many schools in the United States.

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Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. University rankings US vs. the rest

    Note as has been true for years, the top 25 have been U.S. and British except for one on the Continent ETH Zürich – Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zürich which I think was in the top 25 the last time.  Tokyo is #28 the next highest excluding those above. 

    As I recall Berkeley use to be #1 or #2.  The problems in California for the universities and most famously Berkeley have caused a big problem.

    Germany has been trying to create/transform one or more research universities—prior to the Nazi rise had many of the top schools esp. in sciences.

    France has an odd mix becauses of financing and division between universiteis and ecoles—too difficult to explain this easily. They were going to make some changes—I don't know how that went—but with the financial issues in Europe I suspect that has been slowed or put on hold.

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