The British consultancy Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) recently published the 2020 update to QS World University Ranking. Using indexes such as number of citations, academic reputation and reputation of teachers, the ranking is published annually by the British consultancy. The 16th edition of the QS World University Rankings saw many UK universities decline across the board. We highlight the best universities in the UK (United Kingdom) that entered the TOP 100 of the ranking.
Of the 84 universities included in the rankings, 50 institutions saw a drop in rank, though 12 did see an improvement. The average rank of UK universities decreased by 12.6 ranks, with the most conspicuous drop by the University of Cambridge which fell from 6th to 7th position, the lowest its ever placed in the rankings.
According to QS analysts, “the University of Cambridge is still regarded as one of the world’s leading universities, achieving perfect scores in reputational indicators. However, by increasing its faculty numbers at a rate greater than its improvements in research performance Cambridge has seen its citations per faculty performance drop (a QS indicator that measures institutional research impact).”
We highlight the best universities in the UK that entered the TOP 200 of the ranking:
Ben Sowter, Director of Research at QS, says “Cambridge’s significant economic power – billions of pounds in endowments and sizable income from international students – means that it is in the unusual position of having improved its teaching capacity, only 18 of the UK’s 84 universities have done so this year.”
“Though this has resulted in a drop in citations impact adjusted for university size, it should be perceived as a sensible strategic decision designed to ensure that Cambridge’s reputation for outstanding teaching and highly-employable graduates continues into the future.”
So, what do QS analysts believe is the cause of the general drop in rankings across UK universities? They’ve identified two key issues; class sizes and employer recognition.
The QS employer reputation indicator found that UK universities dropped by an average of 41.1 ranks, reflecting the attractiveness of these universities to employers. Additionally, the QS faculty / student ratio indicator saw a drop of 33.6 ranks for UK universities, highlighting the issue of increasing class sizes.
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