UK’s higher education sector outperforms most of the world, new surveys determine

In the Times Higher Education Report Oxford University is ranked number 1 in the world.

By European News Correspondent Stephen Bailey.

The Times Higher Education, Quacquarelli Symonds, Shanghai Ranking Consultancy and U.S. News and World Report recently carried out extensive and authoritative surveys of the 2022 university rankings, producing four world rankings tables.

The survey covered institutions of higher education from across the globe and found that institutions from the U.K. remain the main challengers to the U.S. in terms of many important factors, including academic excellence.

The U.K.’s universities have continued their previous exceptionally strong performance on the world stage, with European institutions left far behind and massively outnumbered by them in the league tables.

The main findings of the Times Higher Education Report are as follows:

  • U.K. institutions are still the main challengers to the U.S.
  • The U.S. holds more than half of the top 40 institutions in the league tables.
  • European institutions feature just once out of all the four tables for top 20 universities around the world.
  • The U.K. appears substantially more on the list, 16 times in total.
  • Oxford University is ranked 1st and Cambridge is 5th.
  • There is no European university until Zurich (Switzerland, which is not a full member of the E.U.) ranked at number 15 and no E.U. university until Munich at number 36.
  • The U.K.’s institutions compare very substantially better than their E.U. counterparts. Imperial College London is number 12, University College London is 18th, the London School of Economics 27 and Edinburgh 30th in the tables.

The table produced by Quacquarelli Symonds (Q.S.) places Oxford University in 2nd place and Cambridge 3rd, with Zurich not even making the list until number 8 and Lausanne is way down at number 14.                                              

Once again, there is no E.U. based university until Paris Sciences et Lettres at number 44, with other U.K. universities being ranked considerably higher, including Imperial College London at 7th, University College London at 8th, Edinburgh at 16th, Manchester at 26th and Kings College London at 35th.

In the Shanghai Index list, Kings College London comes in at 35th and Cambridge overtakes Oxford at 3rd and 7th respectively.

E.U. and other European based institutions do considerably worse again, with Paris Saclay being the first E.U. university in the top 20 at number 13.

University College London is ranked 17th and Imperial College London is 25th, beating Copenhagen at 30.

In the U.S. News list, Oxford University ranks at number 5 and Cambridge at number 8 and yet again, there is no European university until Zurich at number 26 and no E.U. university until Copenhagen at 37.

University College London is placed at 16, Imperial College London 20, Edinburgh 32 and Kings College London at 33.


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