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King's rises in Times Higher Education World Reputation Rankings

Posted on 06/03/2014

King’s rises in Times Higher Education World Reputation Rankings 

King’s College London has risen to 43rd place in the Times Higher Education world rankings of universities by reputation. The rankings, published today, are compiled using the world’s largest invitation-only survey of academic opinion and highlight King’s continued success in building global profile and reputation through international research, collaboration and partnerships.  King’s has risen to 43rd place up from the 61-70 band last year, making it Europe’s biggest riser in the reputation rankings.

This success comes shortly after the QS University Rankings placed King’s in the top 20 universities in the world based on academic reputation, employer reputation, faculty student ratio, citations per faculty, proportion of international faculty and proportion of international students.

Phil Baty, Editor, Times Higher Education Rankings, said: ‘The Times Higher Education World Reputation Rankings are unique in global higher education – providing an unparalleled insight into an area of growing importance in higher education – a university’s global academic prestige.

‘Since we started carrying out the survey with Thomson Reuters in 2010, we have gathered the informed, expert views of almost 60,000 scholars across the world and across the academic disciplines, to provide a serious, insightful and very closely watched piece of research.

‘This ranking is based on nothing more than subjective opinion, but it is the expert opinion of experienced scholars from all over the world – those who know most about excellence in teaching and research. And reputation is everything in higher education – drawing in top student and academic talent, inward investment and philanthropy.

‘These results are fantastic news for London. Today’s rankings confirm London’s status as the undisputed centre of the world when it comes to global higher education and research. London is a great melting pot of top talent across the disciplines.’

Professor Sir Rick Trainor, Principal & President of King’s College London, said: ‘During the last decade King's has capitalised on the mergers which greatly enhanced the institution during the 1980s and 1990s and has seen a marked rise in international appreciation of the quality of our research and teaching.  

‘This has been particularly evident in the Biomedical Sciences where the recently reaccredited King's Health Partners, our NIHR Biomedical Research Centres, our MRC Centres and our membership of the Francis Crick Institute, have been strategically important. 

‘In the Social Sciences our world-renowned War Studies Department, with its ever larger and more prestigious PhD programme, has received further prominence and in the Humanities our recent recognition, along with other London partners, in an AHRC PhD programme, is a useful indicator. 

‘In Law, the £20m Dickson Poon and £7m Yeoh Tiong Lay donations have both been major boosts and we have made the prestigious international appointment of Professor David Caron, from Berkeley, as the new Dean of the School. The Dickson Poon School of Law, now housed in the historic Somerset House East Wing, is becoming a dynamic international centre for legal research, bridging the worlds of higher education, policy and business.’

‘In the Physical Sciences two of our alumni were awarded Nobel Prizes last year. New teaching initiatives, such as Liberal Arts and Biomedical Engineering, have also had an impact on King’s reputation worldwide.

‘Our London-based Global Institutes – for Brazil, India, Russia, China and International Development  – are deepening understanding of fast changing parts of the world and building connections. For example we bring King’s to India through Summer and Winter School programmes held each year in Mumbai and Delhi.’ 

Significant increases during the past decade in the percentages of international students and academics have also played a role in King’s becoming more internationally renowned. However the Principal emphasised that King’s international strategy is not just about student recruitment but a broad range of activities with emphasis on mutuality and reciprocity. ‘We aim to build long-term mutually beneficial relationships of educational exchange and collaboration,’ he said. 

‘To foster this, we have established representative offices in India, the USA and China to act as bases for our outreach activities to schools and colleges and strategic partner universities, and plan to open more.’

The rankings were launched today as part of the British Council’s Global Education Dialogue East Asia Series for 2013-14. The British Council said: ‘Reputation is an increasingly vital component for universities. Research has shown that a university’s reputation is a major priority for academics changing jobs and is the top consideration for internationally mobile students, even above tuition fees and course content. Reputation is also key in attracting collaborative partnerships and funding from alumni, philanthropists and industry.’

Notes to Editors

For further media information please contact King’s College London Public Relations Department on or +44 207 848 3202.

For the full Times Higher Education World Reputation Rankings visit Times Higher Education

Methodology key facts

The World Reputation Rankings are based on the results of the Academic Reputation Survey carried out by Ipsos MediaCT for Thomson Reuters, data supplier to the Times Higher Education rankings. The 2014 World Reputation Rankings are based on 10,536 responses from 133 countries to the survey distributed in March-May 2013.

The survey is available in 10 languages and is distributed based on United Nations data to ensure that it accurately reflects the global distribution of scholars. Times Higher Education does not allow volunteers to take part in the survey and accepts no nominations from institutions or any third party.

The poll asks academics to nominate no more than 15 of the best institutions in their narrow field of expertise, based on their experience and knowledge, making it a rigorous global measure of academic prestige.

For the 2014 table, some 30 per cent of responses were from the Americas, 34 per cent from Europe, 26 per cent from Asia Pacific and 9 per cent from the Middle East, North Africa and Central Asia (figures rounded).

Twenty-two per cent of respondents hail from engineering and technology, 22 per cent from the social sciences, 18 per cent from the physical sciences, 16 per cent from clinical subjects, 13 per cent from the life sciences and 9 per cent from the arts and humanities.

The full methodology of the survey, and a copy of the survey instrument, are available at: 

About Times Higher Education magazine

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