Two universities in the West Midlands have been named rated as among the best in the world in a new league table.
Warwick has been ranked at 50 out of 100 in the QS World University Rankings, whilst the University of Birmingham stands at 67.
The universities were rated on research, teaching, graduate employability and international work.
Topping the table for the second year running was Cambridge University.
America’s Harvard was second, with Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) third and Yale University fourth.
Oxford University came fifth in the table – up one place from last year – whilst Imperial College London was sixth and University College London was seventh.
The University of Birmingham’s registrar and secretary, Lee Sanders, said it would not be resting on their laurels.
“This week we will be announcing a partnership with the People’s Government of Guangzhou Municipality which will support research in Birmingham and China,” he said.
“Our plans for a new sports centre, library and other facilities on campus demonstrate our determination to create a university that provides real benefits for Birmingham and the region.”
In total, 17 UK universities were in the top 100.
Other high ranking British institutions were Edinburgh (20th place), King’s College London (27), Bristol (30), Glasgow (59), London School of Economics (64) and Sheffield (72).
But QS head of researcher Ben Sowter warned that next year’s tables could feature fewer British universities as the spending cuts take their toll.
He said: “This year’s QS rankings show that the worst effects of the funding cuts have yet to be felt by UK universities.
“However, pre-emptive redundancies and increased student intake have led to worse student-to-faculty ratios relative to their international peers.”
Tuition fee information has also been published alongside the world rankings for the first time.
This shows that higher education in the UK is still cheaper than American universities.
Netherlands universities featured among the “cheapest” – they were all in the top 100 but offer English speaking courses for less than £2,000 per year.