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Top international universities

Three students celebrating their university graduation

The London Times recently published its league table of the top 200 universities around the world. In this programme, Rob and Alice talk about how universities are chosen to be on the list and find out how well British universities performed.

This week's question:
Which university was ranked first in this recent international league table?

a) Oxford

b) Harvard

c) Cambridge

Listen out for the answer in the programme.

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Top international universities

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Vocabulary

research

investigation of a subject

income

money earned

ranking

position something has on a list; how high or low it is placed

funding

money available

gross domestic product

how much a country's output is worth in a year, in monetary terms

investment

something you buy or spend money on, usually hoping to make profit from it in the future

institutions

important and well-respected organisations

Anglophone

English speaking

reputation

how a person, organisation or country is viewed by other people, based on past performance

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