SCOTLAND’S top five universities have all improved their performance in the annual Times Higher rankings.
Edinburgh has risen 12 places to 24, whilst Glasgow has rocketed to 76th place.
St Andrews has risen 25 places to 86 and Aberdeen has risen 6 places to 172
Meanwhile Dundee has re-entered the top 200 at 185.
Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning Angela Constance has welcomed the results.
She said: “These figures again show a very strong performance for Scottish universities and echo the good news from the QS rankings released earlier this month.
“To see five institutions back in the top 200 and all five substantially improving their placing again demonstrates that our Higher Education Institutions are up there with the very best in the world. We really do punch above our weight and thanks are due to the hard working staff and students that have made this possible .
“The Scottish Government has invested over £1 billion into Higher Education this year and we are demonstrating our ongoing commitment to research and knowledge exchange by providing £282 million through the Scottish Funding Council in 2015-16, building on increasing levels of funding since 2007.
“Research undertaken in our universities helps drive innovation and we are supporting our universities to modernise their governance systems. This will enhance their important contribution to Scottish society and the advancement of its people and economy.”