Brand View: The University of Manchester ranked 27th best university in the world, driven by a focus on employability and employer reputation
The University of Manchester continues to move higher in a range of new ranking announcements, confirming its status as one of the world’s top universities, focusing on the quality of teaching, research and social responsibility.
One of the key factors in its rise up the rankings is the University’s strong reputation among employers and with its recognised strength in the critical area of graduate employability – preparing students for the workplace - with a 94% employability rate among graduates.
Every year, the QS World University Rankings – the international league table produced by global higher education consultancy QS Quacquarelli Symonds - rates the world’s top 1,000 higher education institutions from 85 different countries. The University of Manchester reached its highest-ever position in the 2019 rankings, which now lists Manchester as the world’s 27th best university (moving two places up the table), and among the very top global institutions.
In addition to the global ranking, QS university league tables also position the University at 6th in the UK and 8th in Europe, and part of the elite group of research-driven institutions.
The influential QS rankings are compiled using a number of factors, including the two key areas of academic reputation (with a survey of 70,000 people working in higher education) and employer reputation (based on a survey of 30,000 employers).
In the 2019 table, the University scored highest for its reputation among employers, with a score of 97.7 out of 100. As a research-intensive institution, the university has a ‘very high’ research output with special strengths in cutting edge research in science and engineering and attracts significant external research funding.
The QS ranking announcement follows on from the University’s recent strong performance in the highly regarded Times Higher Education (THE) Global University Employability Ranking. In the latest edition, THE positions The University of Manchester as the 5th best UK institution for employability – a critical measure of teaching quality in preparing students for the workplace.
Meanwhile, THE’s inaugural University Impact Rankings, published in April 2019, named The University of Manchester as the best higher education institution in Europe and in the world’s top three for its social and environmental impact across its full range of functions.
The prestigious new rankings are based on the societal impact of the University’s research using the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals as a framework – Manchester is ranked joint first in the world for the University’s impact in creating partnerships to achieve the SDGs.
The University of Manchester is a member of the prestigious Russell Group and is one of the UK’s largest single-site universities with more than 40,000 students on campus – including more than 10,000 international students.
The University is consistently ranked among the world’s elite institutions for graduate employability and world-class research across a diverse range of fields including cancer, advanced materials, global inequalities, energy and industrial biotechnology.
25 Nobel laureates have either worked or studied at the University, which is the only UK University to have social responsibility among its core strategic objectives, dedicated to making a positive difference in communities around the world.
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