The Times Higher Education (THE) World Reputation Ranking lists the top 100 universities worldwide, according to the judgement of 10,000 academics from 140 different countries.
Anglo-American universities once again dominated the top ten, with Harvard University in first place, followed by the Universities of Cambridge and Oxford.
The best placed continental European university was Zurich's Federal Institute of Technology, the ETH, in 15th. Germany's universities also made their presence felt in the rankings.
The University of Vienna made the list back in 2011, but no Austrian universities have been included since then.
The ranking “is based purely on subjective judgement”, Phil Blaty, editor of the THE rankings said in a statement.
“But it is the expert subjective judgement of those who know most about excellent teaching and research – leading academics from all around the world.”
He added that a university’s global academic reputation “not only influences investments and funding decisions, but more importantly, it helps a university to develop and nurture its single greatest asset: its student and academic talent.”