Sussex first in the world for Development Studies for sixth year running

The University of Sussex has been ranked as the best in the world for development studies for the sixth year running, in the 2022 QS World University Rankings by Subject!

The number one ranking is based on the assessment of the quality, impact and range of international development research and courses offered by the University’s School of Global Studies, the University of Sussex Business School, Sussex Sustainability Research Programme (SSRP), School of Media, Arts and Humanities, Centre for International Education (CIE), and the University’s partner the Institute of Development Studies (IDS).

The University has been number one for development studies for seven out of the past eight years.

Vice-Chancellor, Prof David Maguire, said:

“The unique relationship between the University of Sussex and IDS has established us as the world-leading centre for development studies.

“Our students and researchers continue to work around the world to address the major challenges of our time. ”

1st in the world 2022

Prof Elizabeth Harrison, Head of the School of Global Studies, said:

“For Development Studies at Sussex to be recognised as number one in the world for six consecutive years is a fantastic achievement. It reflects our great teaching and research relationships, both across campus and between Sussex and its partners globally. In the School of Global Studies this year we have continued to adapt and respond to, not only the continuing pandemic, but also the wider challenges confronting all who seek a fairer, safer, more sustainable and inclusive world.”

The QS World Rankings assess each subject by academic and employer reputation, both via a survey, citations per paper and on the h-index which measures the productivity and impact of academic publications.

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