The BBC is reporting that the universities of Sussex and Loughborough have appeared at the top of global university rankings.
Sussex is rated the world’s best for development studies and Loughborough for sport.
But the most top places are taken by two US universities – Harvard, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Among UK universities, Oxford is rated top in the most subjects – English, geography, anatomy and archaeology.
The annual QS World University Rankings by Subject compare institutions across 46 subjects. They show the strength of in-depth specialisms, rather than an overall university ranking.
Harvard is top of 15 of these subjects, including history, medicine and biology.
Its neighbouring university, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, accounts for another 12, including maths, chemistry and physics.
There are a number of UK universities claiming first places, in rankings based on 43 million research papers and 305,000 responses to an academic survey.
Loughborough, which has produced a number of elite athletes, is rated as best in sports-related subjects, while Sussex is this year identified as the best for development studies, replacing Harvard.
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