Students Staff

20 June 2013

Essex ranked in world elite again

The University of Essex is 29th in the latest Times Higher Education (THE) 100 Under 50 rankings, which ranks the top 100 universities in the world under 50 years old.

Universities are ranked according to a number of key factors including research, citations, teaching, international outlook and industry income.

Vice-Chancellor Professor Anthony Forster said: “We are pleased that we are once again recognised as one of the leading universities in the world. The rankings show we are amongst the most international universities in the world and this creates a unique atmosphere and learning environment which supports our commitment to providing a truly transformational educational experience to our students.

“This is a global ranking which underlines our international profile. With more than 130 nationalities represented at our campuses our diverse student and academic community is one of our strengths and means our research and the education we provide is informed by a truly global outlook.”

The Times Higher Education 100 Under 50 was created to provide a glimpse into the future, showcasing not those institutions with centuries of history, but the rising stars which show great potential. The table employs the same 13 separate indicators as the THE World University Rankings, but the methodology has been carefully re-calibrated to reflect the special characteristics of younger universities, giving less weight to subjective indicators of academic reputation.

Times Higher Education rankings editor Phil Baty said: “The 100 Under 50 is designed to highlight those universities that have joined the ranks of the world’s finest thanks to rapid development over a relatively short time.”

This latest ranking comes just a week after the University of Essex was also listed in the world’s top 50 universities under 50 years of age according to the latest analysis by QS (Quacquarelli Symonds).

In May the QS World University Rankings by Subject showed Essex was a world leader in social science, with internationally-recognised strengths in the humanities.

Seven subjects at Essex were ranked in the top 200 world elite, with top 50 rankings for Sociology and Politics and International Studies.

In the most recent Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) the University of Essex was ranked ninth nationally for the overall quality of research and this was reinforced by the last Sunday Times University Guide which also ranked Essex ninth overall for research.

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