University of Leicester climbs to highest ever ranking in world's top universities

Posted by pt91 at Oct 03, 2013 09:30 AM |
University of Leicester leaps 35 places within top two per cent in the world – and is the highest climbing UK University amongst the top 200 institutions

Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 3 October 2013

The University of Leicester has climbed 35 places in a new global ranking of universities – and has emerged as the highest rising UK institution in the world top 200.

The Times Higher Education World University Rankings are the world’s most comprehensive and carefully calibrated global rankings, using 13 separate performance indicators to examine a university’s strengths against all of its core missions – teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook.

Leicester – which ranks in the world’s top 2% of universities – has risen to 161st place, up from 196 last year. There are a total of 26 countries in the world top 200 with the US and UK constituting the majority.

The success comes after Leicester was voted Times /Sunday Times University of the Year 2014 runner-up and ranked 14th out of over 120 institutions by their league table.  The Guardian ranks Leicester 13th out of 119 institutions.

Vice-Chancellor Professor Sir Robert Burgess said: “This is a terrific result achieved in a highly competitive global higher education environment.  It is a testament to the dedication and ambition of colleagues across the University that we continue to go from strength to strength. Leicester’s rise within the top two per cent in the world is an achievement of which we are proud.”

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