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Ranking: UCL enters top ten in universities in the world

8 November 2007

UCL today entered the top ten of the THES-QS World University Rankings for the first time.



UCL is ninth 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 in 2006.

UCL President and Provost Professor Malcolm Grant said: "I am naturally delighted that UCL's strengths have been recognised by the 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 & International), said: "We are particularly pleased to receive recognition from a 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, since these should be seen only as a byproduct of an institution's international activity."

Martin Ince, editor of the rankings, told UCL: "These rankings have more data and better methodology than in previous years. This makes UCL's rise into the world top ten especially impressive."

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