The Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings has placed Brunel University London two bands further up the league table than last year, naming it among the 301st to 350th top-rated institutions on the globe this year.
The ranking reflects the fact that the university continues to excel in its ‘international outlook’ – those metrics that recognise the percentage of international staff, international co-authorship of research papers and percentage of international students. According to the metrics used, 34% of Brunel’s staff and 38% of Brunel’s students are classed as international.
Vice-Chancellor and President of Brunel University London, Professor Julia Buckingham, said: “We pride ourselves on being an international university and value the role we play in creating global citizens, giving students the means and confidence to understand the nature of challenges facing the world.
“At the very heart of this aspiration are our international staff and students, who enrich our diverse, socially-mobile community and recognise the importance of collaborative working across geographical borders.”
The World University Rankings, formerly the THE–QS World University Rankings, has used its current ranking system for six years. It ranks universities in teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook. The list includes 980 institutions from 79 countries – the largest rankings to date.
Meanwhile, the university has climbed six places in The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017, a domestic ranking based on nine criteria, including student satisfaction, research quality and graduate prospects. Brunel has risen from 60th to 54th in the national rankings.