Harvard University, MIT top list of most prestigious universities in the world

Harvard University's campus.
Harvard University's campus. –Josh Reynolds / The Boston Globe

Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology once again top a list of World Reputation Rankings of the most prestigious universities in the world.

The list, from the Times Higher Education, features eight American schools in the top 10 this year — with Harvard University placing first and MIT placing second.

Other American schools that made the top 10 are Stanford University, Princeton University,  Yale University, Columbia University, the University of California, Berkeley, and the California Institute of Technology.

The 2016 rankings are based on a survey of more than 10,000 top scholars from around the world with an eye for excellence in research and teaching.  According to THE, Harvard has topped the list for the past six years.  MIT has finished second in five of the past six years.

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