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Impressive growth in the QS World University Ranking

28 October 2016

Study Group is proud to announce great results and impressive growth in the QS World University Ranking 2016-2017

The annual QS World University Ranking assesses university performance for over 900 top universities worldwide. Based on six performance indicators, each carrying a different weight, the QS World University Ranking aims to help prospective students make informed comparisons.

Many of the universities Study Group work with were highlighted in this prestigious ranking for 2016-2017.

Overall ranking

The QS World University Ranking assesses universities by identifying academic reputation, student-to-faculty ratio, employer reputation, research citations per faculty international faculty ratio and international student ratio.

In the overall ranking of universities worldwide:

  • 22nd The Australian National University
  • 45th University of Sydney
  • 81st University of Auckland
  • 83rd University of Leeds
  • 84th The University of Sheffield
  • 102nd University of Western Australia
  • 113th University of Groningen
  • 177th University of Twente
  • 119th Wageningen University
  • 129th Lancaster University
  • 176th University College Dublin
  • 187th University of Sussex
  • 199th Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Notable improvements by University of Twente, rising 11 places from last year and has continued to rise in the rankings since 2012.

Individual subject ranking

In individual subjects, the universities we work with worldwide rank impressively high.

Throughout the UK
In the United Kingdom, the University of Leeds has four subjects ranking within the top 40, with Geography ranking the highest at 15th. The University of Sheffield has Archaeology as its highest ranking individual subject, climbing 38 places to rank in 13th. Lancaster University features Linguistics in 15th, and the University of Sussex features Development Studies in an impressive 2nd, a testament to its world-renowned quality of teaching and research excellence.

Across Europe
In Europe, Wageningen University again proves itself as one of the leading international universities with Agriculture and Forestry ranked 1st worldwide, and a further four subjects in the top 20, including Environmental Studies in 4th. The University of Groningen shows impressive growth with Sociology as its highest ranked subject in 51st, which is up 50 places from last year. Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam's highest ranking subject is Psychology in 37th, up two places from last year, and University College Dublin features Veterinary Science in 31st.

In Australia and New Zealand
In Australia and New Zealand, The Australian National University, who consistently ranks amongst the top 50 research universities in the world, features four subjects ranked 7th and 8th including Anthropology, Politics, Development Studies and Archaeology. The University of Western Australia saw Earth and Marine Science rise to its highest position in recent years, up to 30th. While the University of Auckland ranks first in New Zealand in 35 of 40 subjects, featuring in the top 50 in 15 subjects including Archaeology in 20th, Education in 23rd, Development Studies ranks in 26th, Psychology in 29th, English Language and Literature in 31st, and both Nursing and Law ranking in 32nd.

Congratulations to all of the universities we work with that have ranked in the QS World University Ranking 2016-2017.

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