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City achieves global recognition in the World University Rankings

For the first time, the University has reached the top 350 in a world university rankings table.
by Sarah Birdsall

City University London has been ranked 332nd in the new Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings. The QS World University Rankings, which is now separate from the THE, positions the University at 486th, essentially unchanged since City first featured in last year's table, in the range 401st to 500th.

This year, the THE has reduced its reliance on reputational surveys to 35% of the total score, increasing the influence of income, research outputs and citations.  Comparison with the QS World University Rankings demonstrates how City benefits from this more rigorous approach.

The QS methodology is unchanged from 2009 with 40% of the total score derived from academic reputation (based on 15,000 responses worldwide) and 10% on employer/recruiter review. The remaining indicators are ratio of FTE academic staff to the FTE student body (20% of the total), citation count for the last five years per FTE academic staff (20%) and international factors: proportion of international students (5%) and proportion of international faculty (5%).

The THE's revised methodology, since it separated from QS, uses 13 indicators under five main categories: learning environment (30% of the total score); research volume, income and reputation (30%); citations (32.5%); industry income (2.5%) and international mix of staff and students (5%). City performed strongly in the international mix, being positioned at 10th out of 52 UK institutions. Unlike the QS ranking, THE uses information on income derived from academic activities. THE received 13,388 responses worldwide to its reputational survey.

"Featuring in the top 500 of two world university rankings and, in particular, at 332nd in THE is an excellent achievement.  Our commitment to academic excellence, our focus on business and the professions and our location in this great city of ours has proved to be a powerful combination."

Professor Paul Curran, Vice-Chancellor of City University London

Professor Dinos Arcoumanis, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and International) said: "City's success in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise has helped the University achieve this recognition.  Our immediate research initiatives include developing a Research Repository and investing in a Research and Enterprise Staff Development Programme.  They will improve our research citations and hence our performance in the forthcoming Research Excellence Framework which in turn should see us move up the rankings."

Both HESA and the University supplied data from 2008/09 returns.  Citations for THE were taken from the Thomson Reuters' Web of Science database which QS also used, alongside Elsevier's Scopus and Google Scholar.

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For further information about the QS World University Rankings 2010, please visit

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