10 Sep 2010 17:00:00.000
The University of Nottingham has confirmed its place among the world’s higher education elite in the latest international league tables.
In the 2010 QS World University Rankings, Nottingham has moved up into the top 75 – and is the fastest-rising UK university in the World Top 100.
Nottingham climbed 18 places this year, up from 91st in 2009 to 73rd in 2010, reflecting its outstanding reputation for teaching, learning and research.
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The QS Rankings measure university research quality, graduate employability, teaching commitment and international commitment – all key missions for world-class universities as they seek to serve students, academics, employers and other stakeholders.
The table also takes account of citation counts and survey responses from thousands of academics and employers around the world.
The QS Rankings notes the University’s very strong performance in the Research Assessment Exercise 2008, which confirmed Nottingham as the 7th most powerful research university in the UK and described 90 per cent of all research at Nottingham as of ‘international standard’, with almost 60 per cent classed as ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’.
The University of Nottingham is described by QS as ‘a dynamic and popular institution located in the heart of the UK’.
Professor Saul Tendler, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Teaching and Learning, said: “The University of Nottingham’s rapid rise in the latest international league table reflects the hard work of our talented students, the dedication of our excellent staff, and the millions we continue to invest in new facilities to ensure both students and staff have the very best environment in which to work.
“Nottingham is a top choice with students and with employers, as a truly global university with opportunities to study on our cosmopolitan campuses in the United Kingdom, Malaysia and the People's Republic of China. The University’s success in attracting talented international students – we are now the largest recruiter of overseas students to a British university – is evidence of its reputation as one of the World’s Top 75 institutions.”
Ben Sowter, head of research at QS said: “Unlike other rankings systems which rely heavily on statistical indicators of university research, QS also takes into account the most up-to-date views of employers and academics, reflecting the broader interests of students and parents. QS rankings reflect the highly competitive environment of global higher education.
“Given the uncertain economic outlook, it is reassuring for students that the top 200 universities are also, by and large, the most popular universities with employers, suggesting that a world-class degree remains the best path to a great job.”
The Top 200 results and methodology is available on www.topuniversities.com
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Notes to editors: The University of Nottingham is ranked in the UK's Top 10 and the World's Top 75 universities by the Shanghai Jiao Tong (SJTU) and the QS World University Rankings.
More than 90 per cent of research at The University of Nottingham is of international quality, according to RAE 2008, with almost 60 per cent of all research defined as ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’. Research Fortnight analysis of RAE 2008 ranks the University 7th in the UK by research power. In 27 subject areas, the University features in the UK Top Ten, with 14 of those in the Top Five.
The University provides innovative and top quality teaching, undertakes world-changing research, and attracts talented staff and students from 150 nations. Described by The Times as Britain's "only truly global university", it has invested continuously in award-winning campuses in the United Kingdom, China and Malaysia. Twice since 2003 its research and teaching academics have won Nobel Prizes. The University has won the Queen's Award for Enterprise in both 2006 (International Trade) and 2007 (Innovation – School of Pharmacy), and was named ‘Entrepreneurial University of the Year’ at the Times Higher Education Awards 2008.
Nottingham was designated as a Science City in 2005 in recognition of its rich scientific heritage, industrial base and role as a leading research centre. Nottingham has since embarked on a wide range of business, property, knowledge transfer and educational initiatives (www.science-city.co.uk) in order to build on its growing reputation as an international centre of scientific excellence. The University of Nottingham is a partner in Nottingham: the Science City.