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Glasgow universities rise in world rankings

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The University of Glasgow has recorded its best-ever performance in a global university league table.

The higher education institution jumped five places from 59th to 54th in this year’s QS World University Rankings, marking a rise of almost thirty places in the space of five years.

It came as the University of Strathclyde experienced similar success, rising 16 places to 254th after three years of successive decline.

The set of rankings rate the top 400 universities worldwide, evaluating each institution’s strengths in research, teaching, the employability of its graduates and international outlook.

Among the Scots contingent, the University of Edinburgh remained the top-performing institution, albeit slipped outside of the top twenty.

University of Glasgow Principal and Vice Chancellor Anton Muscatelli said: “I am delighted that our progress in these rankings over recent years has continued and whilst we should always be cautious about league tables, this is our best ever showing.

“The QS World Rankings are significant as they confirm the reputation of Glasgow as a world leading research intensive university.

“It is a tribute to the tremendous hard work and dedication of our staff that Glasgow is recognised through the QS Rankings and other measurements as amongst the best teaching and research environments in the world.”

A University of Strathclyde spokesman said: “We are always pleased to see our strong performances in international university rankings. They reflect the high quality of our research and of the overall experience we offer to students, as well as the benefits we bring to society and the global economy.

“The criteria of different rankings vary and they are just one indicator of a university’s performance. Economic impact, thought leadership and influence on policy-making are equally important measures and we also excel in these areas.”

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