World university rankings: Leicester bucks UK trend by climbing

Posted by mjs76 at Oct 04, 2012 10:00 AM |
Leicester ranked once again among the global top 200.

The Times Higher Education World University Rankings are published today, with Leicester once again placed in the top 200 higher education institutions across the globe.

The most significant trend across the rankings is a surge in places by Asian universities which has seen many European institutions slip down the table, with UK universities dropping by an average of 6.7 places.

But Leicester is swimming against that tide, actually improving (albeit modestly)on our 2011-12 ranking by climbing from 197 to 196.

The THE World University Rankings are the only global university performance tables to judge research-led universities across all their core missions, using 13 carefully calibrated performance indicators to provide comprehensive and balanced comparisons. These performance indicators are grouped into five areas:

  • Teaching: the learning environment (worth 30% of the overall ranking score)
  • Research: volume, income and reputation (worth 30%)
  • Citations: research influence (worth 30%)
  • Industry income: innovation (worth 2.5%)
  • International outlook: staff, students and research (worth 7.5%)

Leicester scored particularly highly for international outlook (83.7%) and citations (66.5%). Our improved position in the THE World Rankings follows a rise in the QS World Rankings last month from 195 to 185.

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