Sheffield moves up world ranking of universities

The University of Sheffield is rated 8th in the UK and 18th in Europe, and has moved up four places to 65th in the world in an annual academic ranking of the top 500 universities worldwide published in August 2005.

Researchers at China's Shanghai Jiao Tong University evaluated the universities using several research performance indicators, including the number of highly cited researchers, academic performance, articles in Science and Nature and the number of Nobel prizewinners.

Professor Bob Boucher, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Sheffield said: 'I'm delighted that the University of Sheffield has once again been placed well within the top 100 in Shanghai Jiao Tong University's academic ranking of the top 500 universities worldwide.

"The University of Sheffield's ranking represents a move of four places up the table from last year and is indicative of the University's ongoing achievement of excellence in research and teaching. For research, we have top 5 and 5* ratings in 35 subject areas embracing 85% of our academic staff, and in terms of teaching, 29 of our subjects are graded as excellent, which is the third highest number in the UK.

"It is part of our mission to be internationally recognised as a world-class research and teaching centre across a wide range of disciplines and I'm pleased to see that this year's ranking recognises the University of Sheffield's commitment to this goal."

Notes for Editors: View Shanghai Jiao Tong University's ranking of the world's universities:
http://ed.sjtu.edu.cn/ranking.htm

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