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  • 14 September 2006

Sussex continues to ride high in university world rankings

The University Of Sussex has been named among the world's top 100 universities for the third year running and scored among the top 20 places to study in the UK according to three separate annual league tables.

A new global poll by American magazine Newsweek this month placed Sussex 14th in the UK and among the top 100 in the world. For the third year running Sussex has been ranked joint 12th in the UK and among the top 150 in the world by the Institute of Education at Shanghai Jiao Tong. Earlier this year the University was ranked 20th in the UK and 100th in the world by the Times Higher Education Supplement.

University of Sussex Vice-Chancellor Professor Alasdair Smith says: "I am delighted that the high quality of teaching and research at Sussex continues to be recognised across the world, for the third year running, by objective, international studies. This confirms the basis of our strong international reputation, which is bolstered further by the recognition of Sussex's achievements in a national study of British universities."

The Newsweek study is drawn up to reflect how universities are working to satisfy an increasingly international student body. The numbers of students from around the world, the courses available and how they prepare graduates for global careers are among the developments assessed by Newsweek's Top 100 Global Universities.

Measures used to compile the list include the number of highly-cited researchers in various academic fields at each university, the percentage of international academics and international students and the number of articles published in leading publications. Harvard University is awarded the top spot in the international poll, with the University of Cambridge placed at number six as the highest ranking British institution.

According to the 2006 survey by the Institute of Education at Shanghai Jiao Tong, Sussex was ranked in the top 150 universities in the world and named among the top 60 in Europe and one of the top 12, where it shared its ranking with the universities of Glasgow, Liverpool and Leeds.

The 500 universities featured in the Jiao Tong poll were ranked according to the quality of education, the faculty and their research output. The University was awarded the same accolade in September 2005 and before that in 2004 by the Institute of Education after researchers examined more than 1,000 institutions worldwide.

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University of Sussex press officers: Jacqui Bealing and Jessica Mangold.  Email:  Tel: 01273 678888




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