QS World University Rankings: London top university city
London is the only city in the world with four universities in the Top 50 of this year's QS World University Rankings
Posted by Rebecca Paddick | September 15, 2015 | International
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The twelfth edition of the QS World University Rankings 2015/16 confirms the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) as the world’s top university followed by Harvard (2nd), The University Cambridge and Stanford University (3rd=).

Thirty-four countries are represented in the Top 200. The US is the dominant nation, with 49 institutions, ahead of the UK (30), the Netherlands (12), Germany (11), Canada, Australia, and Japan (8), China (7), France, Sweden and Hong Kong (5). 

London is the only city in the world with four universities in the Top 50, more than Boston and New York (3) Paris, Sydney, Hong Kong and Beijing (2).

The rankings are designed to provide students with comparable, accurate data to make informed decisions about their educational future. From this year, in response to students’ feedback and in consultation with its advisory board, QS has adopted an approach to normalise publication and research citation data across faculty areas. This reform accounts for the large volume of citations generated by researchers in the Life Sciences and, to a lesser degree, those in the Natural Sciences. 

Ben Sowter, QS Head of Research says: “That the London School of Economics is a world-class institution is not news. Indeed they have been a firm fixture in the QS Top 100 for over a decade, but in any ranking system that places emphasis on Medicine and Sciences, their strength in their areas of specialty are never likely to shine as brightly as they ought to. The QS methodology now evens the playing field and LSE climbs 36 places to be counted, rightfully, amongst the world’s top 40.” 

QS World University Rankings 2015/16 – UK Universities in Top 100

2015

2014

Institution Name

  3=

  2=

UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE

  6 

  5=

UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD

  7 

  5=

UCL (UNIVERSITY COLLEGE LONDON)

  8 

  2=

IMPERIAL COLLEGE LONDON

  19=

  16 

KING'S COLLEGE LONDON (KCL)

  21 

  17=

UNIVERSITY OF EDINBURGH

  33 

  30 

THE UNIVERSITY OF MANCHESTER

  35 

  71=

LONDON SCHOOL OF ECONOMICS AND POLITICAL SCIENCE (LSE)

  37 

  29 

UNIVERSITY OF BRISTOL

  48 

  61 

THE UNIVERSITY OF WARWICK

  61 

  92=

DURHAM UNIVERSITY

  62=

  55=

UNIVERSITY OF GLASGOW

  68 

  88 

UNIVERSITY OF ST ANDREWS

  70=

  77 

THE UNIVERSITY OF NOTTINGHAM

  76 

  64 

UNIVERSITY OF BIRMINGHAM

  80 

  69 

THE UNIVERSITY OF SHEFFIELD

  81 

  94 

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHAMPTON

  87=

  97 

UNIVERSITY OF LEEDS

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Conversely, Imperial College London, a world-class, research-intensive institution, despite a stable performance in all the other indicators, has dropped to eighth this year, due to QS equalizing the citations counts at faculty area level. 

John O’Leary, member of the QS global advisory board, says: “The UK remains second only to the US as a higher education destination. The leading universities may have lost ground, but they still make up four of the top ten in the world. Ironically, their strength in Medicine and Science has cost some of them because the new methodology rewards a more balanced portfolio, but it is good news for the likes of Durham and Warwick, as well as LSE.”

Some of the most notable UK climbers among the Top 100 include The University of Warwick (48th), which is now among the world’s top 50, Durham University (61st), University of St Andrews (68th) and the University of Southampton (81st).   

Some of the other sharp rises include University of Bath (159th), Loughborough University (228th), University of Surrey (247th=), SOAS (275th=) and Birkbeck College, University of London (290th).

To view the complete rankings, featuring the world’s top 891 universities as well as the Top 400 by Faculty areas: www.TopUniversities.com 

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