A new ranking of universities globally places the University of California Berkeley fourth for its reputation for teaching and research. The ranking, compiled by The Times Higher Education (THE), is based on a survey of 13,388 academics in 131 countries. THE claims it is the largest evaluation of university reputation.

Berkeley places behind Harvard, MIT and Cambridge in the ranking, but just ahead of local rival Stanford. Four of the top 20 universities are in California (Caltech and UCLA in addition to Berkeley and Stanford), and 13 of the top 20 are in the United States. UC San Diego ranked 30th, UCSF 24th and UC Davis 38th.

The rankings are part of the larger effort by THE to compile its annual World University Rankings. Those rankings are issued in the fall. Berkeley was ranked eighth globally last year.

“In an ever more competitive global market for students, academics and university administrators a university’s reputation for academic excellence is crucial,” said Phil Baty, editor of the rankings.

Lance Knobel (Berkeleyside co-founder) has been a journalist for nearly 40 years. Much of his career was in business journalism. He was editor-in-chief of both Management Today, the leading business magazine...