DURHAM University has moved up the top 100 in a prestigious world table.
The annual QS World University Rankings shows Durham University has moved from 95 up to 92.
Durham is the only North East university to be ranked in the top 100, coming higher in the list than St Andrew’s, at 93, and Leeds, at 94.
Meanwhile, Cambridge University has ended its two-year run as the best institution worldwide, slipping down to second place behind the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Other UK universities in the top 10 are University College London in fourth place, Oxford in fifth place, and Imperial College London in sixth.
The rest of the top 10 is made up of US institutions.
The table also shows that universities are taking on more international students than before.
The top 100 universities have almost 10 per cent more overseas students on average this year, compared to 2011.
The 49 UK universities in the top 500 list have seen an 11.7 per cent average increase in international students.
American Ivy League institutions Harvard and Yale came in at third and seventh place respectively.
The University of Edinburgh just missed out on a top 20 position, coming in at number 21.