UC made a strong showing in the 2014-15 Times Higher Education World University Rankings, placing two campuses in the top 20 and six in the top 150 of a list dominated by American universities.
UC Berkeley maintained its eighth spot and UCLA held 12th place for the second consecutive year. UC Santa Barbara ranked 37th, UC San Diego 41st, UC Davis 55th, UC Irvine 88th, UC Santa Cruz 109th and UC Riverside 150th.
The rankings are based on 13 performance indicators that measure teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook.
Times Higher Education noted that 74 American universities made the top 200, down from 77 last year, and that about 60 percent of those institutions ranked lower than they did the previous year.
“Western universities, in many cases starved of vital public funding, are losing ground,” said Phil Baty, editor of THE World University Rankings, adding that there was “something approaching a crisis” for many state institutions.