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QS ranking brings sustainability, employability and research into focus

By Eve Lacroix (Communications Officer), Published

City, University of London was ranked the 6th best university in London by the prestigious QS World University Rankings 2024. In further good news, the rankings also placed City 38th in the United Kingdom. The rankings rated and compared City against 1,500 other institutions from across the globe.

For the 20th anniversary of the QS World University Rankings, QS implemented its largest-ever methodological enhancement to better reflect the changing priorities of students and the missions of higher education institution worldwide.

QS introduced three new metrics: a commitment to sustainability, greater emphasis on graduate employability, and increased international research collaboration to solve the world’s biggest challenges.

These positive results reflected the hard work across the institution, from academic, research and professional staff to contribute to the education of our students and QS’s new indicators match up with City’s strategic priorities.

City is the University of business, practice and the professions. As such, the University is committed to preparing its students for their future careers through the Career Activation Programme (CAP), which launched in September 2022.

CAP places employability at the heart of the curriculum and ensures each undergraduate student finishes their degree with both work experience and a career-focused module.

The results showed this strength, with City ranking 17th for graduate outcomes, a ranking which is calculated based on the graduate employment rate and alumni impact.

City is also dedicated to sustainability through its research and activities. In the past year, the Sustainability Team has facilitated social enterprise and sustainability hackathons in which students were able to put their knowledge into coming up with sustainable solutions. Academics across the University research sustainability – from looking at food packaging to fishing and biodiversity.

The University promotes a supportive research culture with the goal of carrying out research at the frontier of practice.