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Imperial College ranked ninth in the world…

As a fellow graduate, I get updated on all the news, and it was nice  to read that Imperial is currently ranked as ninth in the world university rankings…

Imperial has been ranked ninth internationally and third in Europe in the Times Higher Education Supplement’s World University Rankings published today. The rankings have employed a different, more rigorous method this year, developed with Thompson Reuters, which uses 13 separate indicators to assess institutions’ teaching, research and knowledge transfer activities. Rector, Sir Keith O’Nions, said:  

“I’m delighted to see that the excellence and quality of Imperial’s staff and students have been acknowledged on the world stage again. The THE’s latest methodology emphasises hard measures of quality in teaching and research and the impact of these activities.”

He added: “I hope that our alumni and everyone at Imperial will take pride in the well-deserved recognition of our world-class university as one of the three UK universities in the world top ten.”

The 2010-11 World Rankings place Harvard in top position overall, with Cambridge and Oxford in joint sixth place. Among the aims of the Times Higher Education in developing the new methodology for the rankings was to achieve a more objective way to compile subject tables. Previously the subject tables relied on reputational opinion polling of academics, but in the new versions the same 13 indicators as those applied at institutional level are used. These include citation impact, papers per academic and research staff and undergraduates admitted per academic.

The sub-rankings by subject and category also see Imperial placed highly:

Engineering and technology: 9th (4th in Europe)
Physical sciences: 13th (4th in Europe)
Life sciences: 9th (3rd in Europe)
Clinical, pre-clinical and health: 5th (3rd in Europe)
Teaching: 8th (2nd in Europe)
Research: 6th (1st in Europe)
Innovation: 18th (9th in Europe)
International mix of staff and students: 19th (11th in Europe)

The top ten universities in this year’s rankings are:

1. Harvard University
2. California Institute of Technology
3. Massachusetts Institute of Technology
4. Stanford University
5. Princeton University
6. University of Cambridge (joint)
6. University of Oxford (joint)
8. University of California, Berkeley
9. Imperial College London
10. Yale University

Imperial’s position in the THE World Rankings follows the publication of rankings earlier this month from THE’s former associate Quacquarelli Symonds, which placed Imperial at seventh in the world and fourth in the UK, and the Sunday Times University Guide 2011 which ranked Imperial third among UK universities.

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