Cambridge Named Best University ... Again Harvard takes second, MIT third, and Yale fourth By Neal Colgrass, Newser Staff Posted Sep 5, 2011 3:03 PM CDT 7 comments Comments QS World University Rankings has named Cambridge the world's top university for the second year in a row. (Getty Images) (Newser) – For all the Harvard grads out there, don't kick yourself—but your school has come in second around the world... again. The Independent reports that QS World University Rankings has given the prize of best university to Cambridge for the second year in a row. Filling out the top five, after Harvard: MIT in third, Yale in fourth, and Oxford in fifth. QS says it based its decisions on areas such as teaching standards, research, graduate employability, and international work.