UC maintained its high standing in the annual Times Higher Education World Reputation Rankings of research universities by placing five campuses in the top 50.

Two campuses made the top 10 on the list with UC Berkeley maintaining its fifth place spot from last year and UCLA moving up one notch to eighth in 2013 rankings released Monday. Other campuses to place in the top 50 included UC San Diego at 34th, UC San Francisco at 40th and UC Davis at 48th. UC Santa Barbara placed in a grouping of universities ranked from 51 to 60.

In an era of budget cutting, the university has managed to preserve its public character and remain a model of "access and excellence" for public higher education by being creative, entrepreneurial and innovative, UC Berkeley Chancellor Robert Birgeneau said in an article that accompanies the new rankings on the Times Higher Education website.

UC San Diego Chancellor Pradeep K. Khosla said it was an honor for his campus to be recognized as a world leader of academic excellence.

"This global ranking is a strong testament to UC San Diego's exceptional education and research," Khosla said. "Here, students have the opportunity to work closely with brilliant faculty, including Nobel laureates, interact with top scholars and pursue endless opportunities for personal and intellectual development."

The 2013 World Reputation Rankings are based on a survey of academic opinion that elicited more than 16,000 responses from senior, published scholars who Times Higher Education said are in the best position to judge excellence in universities.

Times Higher Education also publishes annual World University Rankings that rates institutions on data such as research productivity. On that list, eight UC campuses were ranked in the top 200 for 2012.