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King's ranked 16th in the world

Posted on 16/09/2014

King’s College London is ranked 16th in the world in the QS World University Rankings of the top 850 global higher education institutions published today (16 September 2014). This ranking is an improvement for King’s of three places since last year. During the same period, King’s has also moved up one place to 5th in the UK.

2014 sees the tenth anniversary of the QS World University Rankings, during which time King’s has risen from 73rd in 2005 to its current position at 16th in the world.

King’s scored over 90 out of 100 on five of the six criteria: academic reputation (95.5), employer reputation (93.5), faculty student ratio (90.3), proportion of international faculty (94) and proportion of international students (98.1). The score for citations per faculty was 87.3.
Professor Edward Byrne, Principal and President of King’s, said: ‘I’m delighted that King’s has risen once more in the QS World University rankings, consolidating our position in the world’s top 20 universities. These latest rankings reflect our growing reputation across the globe for world-class teaching and cutting-edge research. Since the birth of QS rankings in 2005, King’s has climbed 57 places - a tribute to the efforts of my predecessor Professor Sir Rick Trainor and his colleagues. I look forward to building on this success in the years to come.’

London is the only city in the world with five universities in the Top 100, more than Boston and Hong Kong (3), New York, Paris, Tokyo, Melbourne and Beijing (2). The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, said: ‘These rankings consolidate London’s position as the education capital of the world. Nowhere else will you find such a critical mass of top universities within just a few miles of each other, all providing an excellent education and producing graduates who go on to be leaders in their fields. From accountants to zoologists, I’m proud to say that London universities are at the forefront of teaching and research.’
In the QS World University Rankings by Subject, published in May 2014, 11 of the subjects reviewed in the tables and taught at King’s feature in the top 50.

For more information on the programmes offered at King's as well as upcoming international visits, please visit the King's website.
View the full QS World University Rankings® 2014/15 online.

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The QS World University Rankings is an annual league table of the top 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 year, the QS World University Rankings 2014/2015 rank the world’s top 863 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%), and faculty student ratio (20%), citations per faculty (20%), international students (5%) and international faculty (5%).

This year, 63,676 academic and 28,759 employer responses contributed towards the results, making both surveys the largest of their kind in the world.

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