Birmingham and Warwick have been named among the world's top 100 universities in a new international table.
The University of Birmingham was ranked 62nd and Warwick 64th in the latest annual QS World University Rankings.
Four of the planet's best ten seats of learning were also in the UK, according to the guide.
The top-ranked UK university was Cambridge, which slipped down a place to third this year, behind Massachusetts Institute of Technology, which was also first last year, and Harvard, both leading US universities.
Also in the top ten were University College London in fourth place, Imperial College London in fifth, and Oxford in sixth. The other institutions in the top ten were all in the United States.
Edinburgh and King's College London both moved up into the top 20 in 17th and 19th place respectively.
There were eight UK universities in the top 50 and 18 in the top 100.
Universities minister David Willetts said the results were "fantastic news".
He added: "We are not complacent, and we know we must work hard to remain the best.
"Our reforms to undergraduate finance have put universities on a sustainable financial footing and sharpened incentives to deliver a world-class experience."