The SNP has welcomed a new Times Higher Education publication which shows that three Scottish universities are in the world’s top 100 universities under 50 years of age.
The new rankings show that Heriot-Watt University has moved up 11 places to 52, the University of Stirling is up five places to 56 and the University of Strathclyde is up one place to 78.
These rankings follow the latest UCAS Applications data for April 2014 which show a record number of people in Scotland applying to university – while the figures for south of the border show application numbers are still below the pre-tuition fee levels.
Commenting, SNP MSP Gordon MacDonald, who sits on the Education Committee said: “Scotland’s higher education sector is among the best in the world – and today’s rankings show that it is continuing to go from strength to strength.
“Credit should go to the staff of Heriot-Watt, Stirling and Strathclyde universities for delivering a first-class education for their students – and for furthering Scotland’s excellent worldwide reputation in higher education.
“In Scotland we are committed to delivering this first class higher education based on the ability to learn rather than the ability to pay – which is why record numbers of people in Scotland are applying to university.
“This is yet another example of the benefits of making decisions in Scotland. The Scottish Parliament’s stewardship of education has seen our universities prosper – and avoid the turmoil of £9,000 a year tuition fees seen south of the border.”