In this article we take a closer look at the recently released European University rankings. So where do UK universities measure up to the universities across Europe, we find out.
Times Higher Education has recently released a league table detailing the top ranked universities across Europe and the great news for students studying in the UK, according to these figures, the UK features most frequently in the top 200 (46).
UK universities also dominate the top 10 universities as the league table below clearly shows, with 7 of the top 10 European universities being based in the UK.
|1||University of Oxford||UK|
|2||University of Cambridge||UK|
|3||Imperial College London||UK|
|4||ETH Zurich – Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich||Switzerland|
|5||University College London (UCL)||UK|
|6||London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)||UK|
|7||University of Edinburgh||UK|
|8||King’s College London||UK|
|11||École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL)||Switzerland|
|14||Wageningen University and Research Center||Netherlands|
|15||Humboldt University of Berlin||Germany|
|16||Technical University of Munich||Germany|
|17||École Normale Supérieure||France|
|18||University of Manchester||UK|
|19||University of Amsterdam||Netherlands|
|21||Delft University of Technology||Netherlands|
|23||University of Bristol||UK|
|25||Erasmus University Rotterdam||Netherlands|
|26||Free University of Berlin||Germany|
|27||University of Groningen||Netherlands|
|28=||University of Glasgow||UK|
|28=||University of Helsinki||Finland|
|30||University of Tübingen||Germany|
|31||University of Warwick||UK|
|33||University of Copenhagen||Denmark|
|34||University of Freiburg||Germany|
|35||University of St Andrews||UK|
|38||University of Exeter||UK|
|39||University of Bonn||Germany|
|40||University of Sheffield||UK|
How much does this tell us about the quality of UK universities?
Obviously this is great news. To have so many universities feature among the elite universities on the continent is a fantastic achievement. The rankings assess universities on the following criterion:
- teaching environment
- research environment
- citations (research influence)
- industry income
- international outlook.
All of which are factors that students would consider to be important when selecting the university they would like to attend.
The only limitation to how good this news is that this table is European and a world ranking, whilst there are some fantastic universities based in Europe, the real test is seeing how well UK institutions measure up against those in America and Asia. Universities such as Harvard and MIT have historically featured at the top of world rankings amongst Oxford, Cambridge and the other top UK universities.
Which other UK universities featured in the top 100?
- Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) – 41st
- University of Southampton – 48th
- University of Birmingham – 53rd
- Royal Holloway, University of London – 58th
- Lancaster University – 59th
- University of York – 60th
- University of Leeds – 62nd
- University of Sussex – 66nd
- University of Nottingham – 68th
- University of East Anglia- 71st
- University of Liverpool – 76th
- University of Reading – 80th
- University of Leicester – 82nd
- University of Aberdeen – 85th
- Cardiff University – 92nd
- University of Dundee – 94th
To see the full breakdown of the top 200 universities in Europe check out the complete rankings at Times Higher Education