The latest round of international University rankings recently came by, so I thought I'd whip up a quick graph to look at how countries performed compared with their GDP. As usual, I didn't fancy doing anything complicated, so I just totalled up the scores for every university from each country, and plotted them against their GDP according to the IMF in 2009.
So there you go. Fairly scattered around a (least squares) line of best fit, with an R-squared of 0.7, but the UK is by far the most outlying country, ostensibly punching well above its weight. Other things to compare university rankings with are available.