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UK occupies four places in top ten of new QS World University Rankings

Published: Tuesday, 13 September 2016   Category: All Graduate Jobs News

The thirteenth edition of the QS World University Rankings has UK institutions occupying four of the top ten places, however they face increasing competition for the world’s emerging economic powers.

The University of Cambridge, who has topped the table previously, finished in fourth place, slipping down a place from last year’s rankings.

Both the University of Oxford and UCL (University College London) occupy the same positions as last year, in sixth and seventh respectively. 

Completing the UK’s appearance in the top ten is Imperial College London in ninth, whose reputation for excellence in teaching and research attracts students and staff of the highest international quality.

The UK boasts Europe’s highest number of internationally ranked universities with 71 entries out of a total of more than 900, alongside 30 appearances in the top 200.

It may be the second-smallest continent on Earth, but Europe boasts some of the world’s leading educational institutions, as a total of 348 European universities are featured in the rankings, making up around 38%.

More informed decisions

The QS World University Rankings have been designed to help prospective students make more informed decisions about where to study.

The table is based on six performance indications, assessing universities in academic reputation employer reputation, student-to-faculty ratio, citations per faculty, international faculty ratio and international student ratio.

Each of the six indicators have a different bearing on the overall score, due to four being based on ‘hard’ data, whilst the other two are calculated using global surveys – one on employers and the other on academics.

Finishing the top ten

Maintaining the top spot for the fifth year in a row is Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), followed by Stanford University and Harvard University – which led the rankings from 2004 to 2009.

The top ten also consists of another European university in eighth, ETH Zurich – Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, which has seen continuous year on year improvement and has switched places with Imperial College London this year.

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