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UCL enters top ten of THES-QS World University Rankings

Publication date: Nov 8, 2007 10:00:00 AM

UCL (University College London) has today entered the top ten of the THES-QS World University Rankings for the first time since the rankings were instituted. UCL has been placed 9th in the 2007 Rankings, thereby joining the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge and Imperial College London in the global top ten. UCL is the fastest rising of any of the institutions in the top 20, having moved up from the 25th place it achieved in 2006.

Responding to the news, UCL President and Provost Malcolm Grant said: "I am naturally delighted that UCL's strengths have been recognised by the THES World Rankings. I am privileged to work with a superb community of academics, and our position in these rankings is largely due to their excellence in research and teaching and commitment to their students. I note also our enduring popularity with students the world over, another source of satisfaction, as we work hard to create an environment at UCL that is both challenging and welcoming."

Professor Michael Worton, UCL Vice Provost, Academic and International, said: “We are particularly pleased to receive recognition from a World Ranking that reflects the internationalisation of higher education around the world, given the commitment that we have made to define ourselves as a truly international institution, systematically integrating an international dimension into all of our teaching and research activity.

“The international context in which universities operate has become increasingly competitive for global positioning and recognition, and for the recruitment of both academic staff and students. I believe that those universities best placed to thrive in the new globalised environment are those who incorporate an international dimension in their teaching and research for the educational and social benefits that flow from this, rather than from any financial benefits that may come from international student recruitment. These should be seen only as a by-product of an institution’s international activity.”

Notes for Editors

1. For further information about UCL, contact Dominique Fourniol in the UCL Media Relations Office on +44 207 679 9728 or d.fourniol@ucl.ac.uk.

2. For further information about The THES-QS World University Rankings, contact Simona Bizzozero on +44 207 284 7248.