UCLA is the eighth best university in the world, according to the latest Times Higher Education World Reputation Rankings.

That's even better than last year's 13th place for the publication's World University Rankings, in which Caltech came in at No. 1. The latest showing for the Westwood campus …

… beats its 9th place reputation on last year's reputation list, and is four places higher than its 2011 showing, according to the school.

In this ranking, UCLA actually beats Caltech (No. 11) and even mighty Yale (number 10). The list's winners include Harvard (1), MIT (2), Cambridge (3), Oxford (4) and UC Berkeley (5).

Times Higher Education, which bases its evaluation on a survey of 16,500 academics in 144 countries, called the Westwood campus “a cinematic magnet.”

Meanwhile, UCLA rival USC did not even make the top 50 (though it did tie for 61-70).

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