Scotland now has more top universities per head than any other country

Five Scottish universities ranked in world's top 200

THE TIMES Higher Education World Rankings has placed five Scottish universities among the top 200, more per head of population than any other country in the world.

Edinburgh, Glasgow, St Andrews, Aberdeen and Dundee universities have all been named.

Scotland's education secretary Angela Constance, was quoted in the Herald stating: "To see five institutions back in the top 200 and all five substantially improving their placing again demonstrates our higher education institutions are up there with the best.

"Research in our universities helps drive innovation and we are supporting our universities to modernise their governance systems.

"This will enhance their important contribution to Scottish society and the advancement of its people and economy."

Scotland's top institution is the University of Edinburgh, which ranked 24 th in the world rankings. Glasgow increased 18 places, to 76 th place. St Andrews also rose, climbing 25 places to 86 th place. Aberdeen climbed six places to 172th, and Dundee re-entered the global rankings at 185 th position.

The UK how has a total of 34 institutions ranking in the world's top 200. Oxford University ranked in second place, and Cambridge in fourth. The Imperial College London also ranked highly, in 8 th place.

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