20 November 2006

University of Sheffield takes its place amongst education’s global elite

The University of Sheffield has been listed as one of the best universities in the world. Two prestigious global rankings published for 2006/07 have put Sheffield among the top 10 in Britain and the top 70 globally.

International publication Newsweek ranks the University of Sheffield 9th in the UK, 18th in Europe and 70th worldwide. The global top 100 listings are based on the University's performance in the leading world league tables published by the Times Higher Education Supplement and Shanghai Jiao Tong University.

In the annual academic ranking of the top 500 universities worldwide, published by China's Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Sheffield was ranked 69th in the world, 20th in Europe and 8th in the UK.

Researchers at Shanghai Jiao Tong University looked at over 2000 universities to come up with their top 500. They evaluated the universities using several research performance indicators, including the number of highly cited researchers, academic performance and the number of Nobel prize-winners.

The internationally-renowned league tables confirm Sheffield's position as one of the world's leading universities. The Virgin 2007 Alternative Guide to British Universities states that "Sheffield is a top university across the board", and with our graduate employment rate at 94.7% - well above the national average - the University of Sheffield is certainly amongst the best in the world.