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US top, Swiss second in higher education ranking

The United States has again topped a ranking of national university systems compiled by Universitas 21—a global network of universities—with Switzerland in second place.

The Universitas 21 ranking, published on 21 May, assessed 50 national higher education systems based on four areas—resources, environment, international connectivity and output. The 2015 ranking showed the same ten countries—the US, Switzerland, Denmark, Finland, Sweden, Canada, the Netherlands, UK, Singapore and Australia—occupying the top ten slots as last year. But Switzerland improved from sixth place to second, and Finland from fifth to third, while Canada dropped from third place to the sixth.

The bottom of the chart consists of India, Turkey, Indonesia, Iran and Thailand. Bottom performing European countries include Croatia, at 45th place, Bulgaria at 43rd place and Romania, at 42nd place.

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