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King's meteoric rise in world league table
5 October 2006, PR129/06
King's has leapt spectacularly to 46th place from 73rd in the third edition of The Times Higher World University Rankings. This now puts the College in 12th place in Europe and confirms King's position as a centre of global academic excellence.
The Principal, Professor Rick Trainor comments: 'I am delighted that King's is recognised internationally as being on a dynamic upward trajectory. The College's improved standing reflects the outstanding achievements of colleagues right across the institution. Today higher education is particularly volatile internationally, as indicated by the number of countries represented in the top 200. There is no question that the high ranking of King's is well deserved, but we should be aware of the growing academic standing of institutions around the world and avoid any complacency.'
The rankings are based on a survey for The Higher of more than 3,700 academics world-wide who were asked to identify up to 30 universities best for research in their own field of expertise.
The table also includes data from 736 graduate employers from around the world, as well as the ratio of faculty to student numbers and a university's success in attracting foreign students and internationally renowned academics.Citations of academic papers are used as they are regarded as the most reliable measure of a paper's impact and the intellectual power a university has relative to its size.
The five factors were weighted and transformed into a scale giving the top university 100 points and ranking the others as a proportion of that score. Britain has eight universities in the top 50.
Martin Ince, compiler of the table for The Higher, explains the methodology: ‘Peer review is once again a key criterion in this year's rankings. But research quality is now gauged on five rather than ten years of citations, making it more topical.'
John O'Leary, Editor of The Higher, comments: ‘The aim is to produce the most expert view of academic strengths rather than an impressionistic verdict on whole universities that might be swayed by outside factors.'
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King's College London
King's College London is the fourth oldest university in England with more than 13,800 undergraduates and nearly 5,700 postgraduates in nine schools of study based at five London campuses. It is a member of the Russell Group: a coalition of the UK's major research-based universities. The College has had 24 of its subject-areas awarded the highest rating of 5* and 5 for research quality, demonstrating excellence at an international level, and it has recently received an excellent result in its audit by the Quality Assurance Agency.
King's has a particularly distinguished reputation in the humanities, law, international relations, medicine, nursing and the sciences, and has played a major role in many of the advances that have shaped modern life, such as the discovery of the structure of DNA. It is the largest centre for the education of healthcare professionals in Europe and is home to four Medical Research Council Centres – more than any other university. King's is in the top group of UK universities for research earnings, with income from grants and contracts of more than £100 million, and has an annual turnover of more than £363 million.
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