London is home to 4 universities in the top 40 of the QS World University Ranking, more than any other city in the world.
The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), in 35th place, has risen for the first time into the top 40 of the rankings, climbing an impressive 36 places since last year. University College London (7th), Imperial College London (8th) and King’s College London (19th) have once again been recognised amongst the top 20 universities in the world.
Mayor of London, Mr Johnson, said: “London is unequivocally the education capital of the world. With four of our universities in the top forty, the city’s education sector is going from strength to strength, attracting the world’s top talent and producing the next generation of great thinkers and leaders.”
The QS World University Rankings are designed to provide students with comparable, accurate data to make informed decisions about their educational future. From this year, QS has amended its methodology with regards to the way publications are measured in the rankings. Previously, universities with strong life science and natural science departments, which tend to publish more research than other academic areas, were dominating the rankings. However, the new QS methodology now recognises institutions which are active and excellent in other academic areas, such as social sciences. This has led to the significant improvement in the rankings for the LSE, a world-leader in the teaching and research of social sciences.
League tables are a good starting point for your research, but this year’s QS World University Rankings clearly show that you need to consider the methodologies used carefully. There are many different factors which get considered for the ranking of universities, some of which may be more important to you than others. In addition, many excellent specialist institutions do not feature in these rankings at all.