St Andrews marks 10 years at the top

Tuesday 6 September 2016


The University of St Andrews has marked 10 years as one of the world top 100 universities, according to a prestigious international league table published today.

Scotland’s oldest university is ranked 77th in the QS World Rankings 2016/2017, the 10th year in succession that St Andrews has been ranked among the world’s elite higher education institutions.

The QS World University Ranking is the most extensive listing of its kind, taking into account a range of factors including academic reputation, research strengths, citations, reputation with graduate employers and international influence. The 2016/2017 rankings considered more than 3800 universities worldwide and evaluated 900, collecting more than 120,000 responses.

St Andrews was ranked particularly highly – 20th in the world – for its ability to attract students from overseas. It was ranked 77th in the world for the strength of its international faculty of teachers and research active staff.

It was 82nd in the world for citations, the number of times its research work is referenced by other academics.

The University was rated highly for the reputation of its Arts faculty (67th in the world) and for its Natural Sciences departments (141st). St Andrews’ School of Philosophy was singled out for special praise, being ranked 16th in the world for the strength of its teaching and research.

The QS Rankings follow a major vote of confidence from students in the quality of St Andrews’ teaching. The University was ranked joint top in the UK in the 2016 National Student Survey. It is the 8th time in 10 years that St Andrews has topped the national census of student satisfaction.

Notes to news editors:

More information is available from the QS World University Rankings® 2016/2017.

A recent independent economic impact assessment found that St Andrews’ international reputation helps generate more than £480 million a year for the Scottish economy and supports over 9000 Scottish jobs.

Issued by the University of St Andrews Communications Office, contactable on 01334 462530 or [email protected].

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