Swansea retains its place in the world’s top 5% of universities in QS rankings

Swansea University has retained its position amongst the top 500 universities in the world, in the QS World University Rankings® 2012/2013, published today (Tuesday, September 11).

The University is placed in the 401-450 category again this year in the results of the annual survey by the leading global career and education network, which have been published since 2004. 

The 2012 survey considered more than 2,500 of the highest performing universities, and had record response levels to its academic and employer surveys – making it the largest and most extensive exercise of its kind.

Indicators were drawn together to form an international ranking of universities, which included academic reputation, employer reputation, student and international student numbers, research papers published, and paper citations.

In addition, QS produces rankings in five broad faculty areas: Arts and Humanities, Engineering and Technology, Life Sciences and Medicine, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences and Management, in which Swansea ranked in 291st place in the Engineering and Technology category.

Swansea University’s reputation with employers was noted by QS to have increased significantly since last year’s World University Rankings.

Professor Alan Speight, Swansea University Pro-Vice-Chancellor, said: “Retaining our position amongst the top 500 universities in the world in the QS World University Rankings is a measure of our performance, reputation, and the excellence of the experience which we provide to our students.

“We have seen a rise in the quality of students on entry and an increase in those going on to excel at their studies and receive excellent results on completing their course. We have also seen an increase in the employability of our graduates.

 “As an ambitious, research-led institution with top quality teaching,Swansea is an excellent place to study for UK, EU and international students.”

Swansea’s position in the QS World University Rankings follows the news last month that the University increased its placing amongst the top 500 world Universities in the 2012 Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU), released by The Centre for World-Class Universities at Shanghai Jiao Tong University.

In the ARWU survey, which has published the world top 500 universities rankings annually since 2003,Swansea ranked equal 34th out of all 170 UK Higher Education Institutions.

Swansea University was also ranked as one of the top 25 universities in the UK again in the 2012 Times Higher Education survey.  And the University leapt 11 places in The Complete University Guide 2013.