SCOTLAND has three institutions in a new league table featuring the world's top 100 younger universities.
Heriot-Watt University, in Edinburgh, came top in Scotland and 52nd overall after rising from 63rd place last year.
Heriot-Watt has overtaken Stirling University in the rankings, which now stands at 56th after rising from joint 61st.
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Strathclyde University, in Glasgow, the country's only other top 100 institution in the Times Higher Education magazine table, rose one place to 78th.
The rise in the rankings comes at a time when Heriot-Watt has been widely recognised as one of the most successful international institutions.
The university attracts a large proportion of international students to its campus and also delivers degree programmes to 11,800 students in 150 countries around the world.
A spokeswoman for Heriot-Watt said: "We are delighted at this news and that we have improved on our position from last year. "