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King's College London ranked in top 20 in world

Posted on 10/09/2013

King’s College London is ranked 19th equal in the world in the QS World University Rankings of the top 800 global higher education institutions published today (10 September 2013). This top 20 ranking is an improvement for King’s of seven places since last year. During the same period, King’s retained its position of 6th in the UK for the third year running.
Under the broad faculty areas reviewed by QS, Arts & Humanities at King’s are ranked 14th in the table (up 20 places from 2012), followed by Life Sciences and Medicine in 19th place (up 5 places) and Social Sciences and Management in 39th place (up 23 places).

The scores are based on six criteria: academic reputation, employer reputation, faculty student ratio, citations per faculty, proportion of international faculty and proportion of international students. King’s scored over 90 out of 100 for academic reputation, employer reputation, number of international students and the proportion of international faculty.
Commenting on the College’s improved position, Principal Professor Sir Rick Trainor, said: ‘It is excellent news that King’s has risen by seven places to reach the top 20 in the world in the QS World University rankings – our highest position since the establishment of the league table in 2004. Particularly pleasing are our scores for ‘academic reputation’ and ‘employer reputation’ which are based on international surveys. This is testament to the quality of our faculty and students and the reputation of our research and teaching across the globe.’
‘Five star’ university
In addition to its World University Rankings, QS awards universities a ‘star’ rating of between one and five stars, depending on their performance across criteria including: research quality, teaching quality, graduate employability, internationalisation, innovation and knowledge transfer and infrastructure. The star rating system aims to give prospective students an additional tool to use when choosing a university, providing deeper insights into individual institutions.
King’s has had its ‘five star status’ renewed again in 2013. QS describes a typical five stars university as ‘world class in a broad range of areas, enjoys a high reputation and has cutting edge facilities and internationally renowned research and teaching faculty’.
Subject rankings
In the QS World University Rankings by Subject, published in May 2013, 11 of the subjects reviewed in the tables and taught at King’s feature in the top 50, of which 5 are in the top 20. King's had an improved ranking, or was featured for the first time, in the following subjects:

    •    Education
    •    English Language & Literature
    •    Law
    •    Mathematics
    •    Medicine
    •    Modern Languages
    •    Pharmacy & Pharmacology
    •    Philosophy
    •    Psychology

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The QS World University Rankings is an annual league table of the top 800 universities in the world and is arguably the best-known and respected ranking of its kind. Compiled by the QS Intelligence Unit in close consultation with an international advisory board of leading academics, the QS World University Rankings ® is widely referenced by prospective and current students, university professionals and governments worldwide. The purpose of the rankings has been to recognize universities as the multi-faceted organizations they are and to provide a global comparison of their success against the notional mission of remaining or becoming world-class.
Now in their 10th edition, the QS World University Rankings 2013/2014 rank the world’s top 800 universities (out of over 3,000 considered) adding 100+ new universities into the current list of the world’s best institutions.
The QS World University Rankings are based on four key pillars, research, teaching, employability and internationalization and the methodology consists of six indicators: academic reputation (40%), employer reputation (10%), faculty student ratio (20%), citations per faculty (20%), international students (5%) and international faculty (5%).
This year, 62,094 academic and 27,957 employer responses contributed towards the results, making both surveys the largest of their kind in the world.

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