University improves in QS World University Rankings

University improves in QS World University Rankings

The University of Aberdeen has improved its score in the latest QS World University Rankings and maintained its position as one of the top 150 higher education institutions in the world.

The University has risen one place to 23rd best in the UK, and has held steady at 137 in the world.

Aberdeen’s ranking for Academic Reputation went up two places from 26th to 24th in the UK and on a worldwide basis also saw increases in scores for Employer Reputation, Staff: Student Ratio, International Students and International Staff.  

Overall in the QS Rankings Aberdeen has continued an upward trajectory since 2012.

Professor Sir Ian Diamond, Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Aberdeen, said: “It is great to see we are continuing to make progress in an increasingly competitive global education environment. These results show our reputation continues to improve internationally and that we are offering an individual experience that attracts students and staff from around the world.  This result reflects strongly on each one of my colleagues at the University.

“This does not mean the University will rest on its laurels, however and we remain committed to pursuing research which makes a difference in our world, to bringing innovative research to market, and to excellence in teaching, focused on individual development and employability.”

For the twelfth edition of the QS World University Rankings 121,000 survey responses have been collected, 3,539 universities considered and 891 evaluated. The rankings use six performance indicators to assess institutions’ global reputation, research impact, staffing levels and international complexion.

A total of 82 countries are represented in the QS World University Rankings this year, with the largest shares claimed by the US (154), UK (71), Germany (43) and France (41). Japan has 38 entries, Australia 33, China 30, Canada and Italy 26 apiece, Brazil 22 and Russia 21.

This year’s release sees refinements introduced to the ranking methodology, aiming to improve the way in which research citations are assessed. A normalised total citation count has been introduced to the research citations indicator, to reflect differing citation rate norms in different faculty areas.

The overall results are accompanied by the QS World University Rankings by Faculty, which highlight the world’s top universities in five individual faculty areas: arts and humanities, engineering and technology, life sciences and medicine, natural sciences, and social sciences and management.