British universities 'fall behind rivals in Far East'

Universities in the UK have fallen behind rival institutions in Far East, according to new international rankings.

In total, 18 UK institutions made it into the second annual league table of 100 universities under 50 years old.

But this is two less than last year, prompting warnings that the UK was under pressure from nations such as South Korea and Singapore who are investing heavily in higher education.

The UK has one institution, York University, in the top ten. Credit: PA

The new rankings, drawn up by the Times Higher Education (THE) magazine, show that the UK has one institution - York University in seventh place up from eighth last year - in the top 10, compared to three in 2012. Lancaster and East Anglia have fallen out of the top 10.

Universities in the Far East dominated the top five, with institutions in South Korea coming first and third, and a Hong Kong university in fifth place.

A Swiss institution came second, with one in the United States in fifth place.