The University of Portsmouth has again been placed in the top 400 universities in the world by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings published today.
The independent rankings place Portsmouth in the top two per cent of universities worldwide and among the best in Europe for the second year running.
The news of Portsmouth’s success comes days after the University rose eight places to 55th in The Sunday Times Good University Guide, and weeks after the University was ranked in the UK’s top 30 for student satisfaction.
The University has also been rated highly for the quality of its teaching and year-on-year attracts increasing number of applications from prospective students.
Vice-Chancellor Professor Graham Galbraith said Portsmouth’s continued presence in independent rankings was due to a range of factors.
He said: “Being placed in the top two per cent of universities worldwide is testament to our hard work and investment over many years.
“Repeatedly our passion for teaching, learning and research has been recognised by a host of different league tables.”
“We aim to deliver an excellent experience for students and give them the best possible education and future opportunities.
“We also strive to be at the cutting edge in research and these rankings prove we are achieving that.”
Times Higher Education describes its global rankings as the most comprehensive, sophisticated and balanced global rankings in the world. They are collated using 13 rigorous performance indicators and are the only global rankings to judge world-class research institutions against all of their core activities – teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook.
Phil Baty, rankings editor, said: “The University of Portsmouth’s position in the top 400 is very impressive. The international outlook of the university appears to be its key strength and has helped it to remain within the top two per cent of institutions worldwide.”
The World University Rankings are used worldwide by governments and research councils to help determine funding decisions.
International ranking and reputation is also the most influential factor for prospective students and their parents.
Speaking about the quality of research at Portsmouth, Director of Research, Professor Tara Dean said: “We are committed to increasing excellence in research at Portsmouth, and international activities and collaborations are integral to this. We focus on links with leading research institutions in Europe and beyond; links that are mutually beneficial and grounded in academic excellence, to enrich our research and provide the widest educational experience for our students.
“This year, our researchers have been particularly successful in attracting funding to support their participation in national and international consortia, undertaking long-term research programmes that address priority thematic challenges, such as health, ageing, environment, energy and the digital economy.”
The rankings this year place the United Kingdom second only to the US in terms of the number of world-class universities. The rankings were launched at the Times Higher Education World Academic Summit in Singapore.