The golden triangle dominates the new QS World University Rankings, released today, with four universities in the top 10

London in particular is highlighted as the city with the highest number of top rated universities in the world, with five making the global 100 and 18 in the overall rankings.

Imperial College London and Cambridge share the position of the world’s second best universities, while University College London and Oxford take joint fifth. The region’s other world-beating universities include King’s College London at 16, London School of Economics at 71, and Queen Mary University of London at 98.

The region also performs strongly in the life science table, which places Oxford and Cambridge second and third in the world, Imperial at nine, UCL at 10, King’s at 24, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine at 59, and Queen Mary ay 96.

“Our world-leading research-intensive universities are the engines that drive economic growth, better healthcare and improved quality of life, so it’s terrific to see them get the recognition they deserve,” says Dr Eliot Forster, Executive Chair of MedCity.

“The huge strength of the golden triangle is that we have a strong, innovative, diverse science ecosystem within a comparatively small region, creating a wealth of specialist expertise and facilities that makes this an unbeatable place to do both business and research.”

Professor Alice Gast, newly-appointed President of Imperial, adds:

“Imperial has a rare ability to turn outstanding research into discoveries that have a real impact on the world. To achieve this, our scientists, engineers, medics and business scholars reach out and collaborate with academic and industry partners across the globe. This engagement coupled with our entrepreneurial culture creates enormous academic, social and economic impact.”

Welcoming the results, Mayor of London Boris Johnson, who launched MedCity in April 2014, said:

“These rankings consolidate London’s position as the education capital of the world. Nowhere else will you find such a critical mass of top universities within just a few miles of each other, all providing an excellent education and producing graduates who go on to be leaders in their fields. From accountants to zoologists, I’m proud to say that London universities are at the forefront of teaching and research.”