Two Korean universities made it into this year's top 100 in the World University Rankings released by Quacquarelli Symonds on Monday.
Seoul National University came 35th, up two notches from last year and the highest since the rankings began in 2004. Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) ranked 60th.
There are a total of 12 Korean universities in the top 500, including Pohang University of Science and Technology (107th), Yonsei University (114th) Korea University (145th), Sungkyunkwan University (162nd), Hanyang University (249th) and Kyunghee University (255th).
At No. 1 was Massachusetts Institute of Technology, followed by Harvard University, University of Cambridge, University College London, Imperial College, Oxford University and Stanford University.
A total of seven American universities and four British ones rounded out the top 10.
This is the 10th year the rankings have been released, and Korean universities have consistently improved their standing. In 2007, only two Korean universities (SNU and KAIST) were included in the top 200, while the number rose to six in 2012.
Quacquarelli Symonds ranked 3,000 universities around the world based on six criteria such as academic reputation, faculty student ratio and citations per faculty. The survey was conducted among 62,094 academics and 27,957 human resources personnel in business.