LEEDS UNIVERSITY has featured in the top 100 of a new league table of the best higher education institutions in the world.
It is one of 19 universities in the United Kingdom to be included in the best 100 in new QS international rankings which have been published today.
Leeds University has recently been the focal point of the country’s higher education sector as hundreds of vice chancellors and senior academic attended the annual Universities UK conference on its campus.
Now it is celebrating earning a place among the world’s elite institutions. The rankings are on performance in a number of areas, including academic reputation, employer reputation, staff to student ratios, research citations and international students and faculty.
Universities that focus on science and maths-based subjects and researchare increasingly well-respected as governments see these areas as vital for their nations’ future success, it is suggested. The latest QS World University Rankings include eight UK universities in the top 50, and 19 in the top 100, up one on last year.
Leeds is one of two universities in Yorkshire which feature in the top 100 with Sheffield ranked 69th.
The tables also show that Oxbridge and London continue to dominate, with Imperial College London leaping into joint second place with Cambridge, and Oxford tying with University College London (UCL) in fifth.
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the United States was placed top.
Ben Sowter, QS head of research, said: “In the wake of the recession, both governments and private sector funding sources are placing greater emphasis on high-impact Stem (science, technology, engineering and maths) research, much of which takes place in specialist institutions.”