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  • 10 November 2004
  • Sussex ranked as one of world’s top universities

    The University of Sussex is among the top 60 universities in the world, according to influential new rankings.

    The World University Rankings, compiled by researchers for the Times Higher Education Supplement (THES), put Sussex in the top 10 in the UK (ninth), the top 20 in Europe (17th) and in the top 60 in the world (58th).

    Vice-Chancellor Professor Alasdair Smith said: "I am delighted by this accolade for the excellent quality of teaching and research at the University of Sussex, and the international reputation we have earned."

    The 200 universities featured are drawn from 29 countries worldwide, from the United States and Europe and Australia to those of China, Japan, India, South Korea and the Middle East.

    Staff-to-student ratios, overseas recruitment and the intellectual clout wielded by research publications were measured to assess the quality of teaching and research and international reputation. The findings also relied on opinions of 1,300 academics from across the world, who were asked to identify the top institutions in their respective fields.

    The emergence of world rankings reflects the growing need for universities to have a strong international profile, as students around the world look beyond their own countries for the best university places.

    Harvard is ranked in the listings as the world's top university. In Europe, Sussex is one of nine UK institutions in the top 20, where Oxford heads the list. In the UK, Sussex joins Oxford, Cambridge, Imperial College London, the London School of Economics (LSE), University College London (UCL), the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), Manchester, Edinburgh and St Andrews in the top 10 list.

    These latest rankings follow recent findings of the Institute of Education at Shanghai Jiao Tong University, which also placed Sussex among the world's leading universities.


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    For more information, contact University of Sussex press officers Jacqui Bealing or Maggie Clune,,, Tel: 01273 678888


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