The University of Manchester has moved higher in a range of new ranking announcements, including its highest ever position in the latest QS World University Rankings in which the University is now listed as the world’s 27th best university, 6th in the UK and 8th in Europe. The international league table, which is produced by global higher education consultancy QS Quacquarelli Symonds, rates the world’s top 1000 higher education institutions (HEI) from 85 different countries.
The QS rankings are compiled using a number of factors, including academic reputation (with 70,000 people working in higher education surveyed) and employer reputation (based on a survey of 30,000 employers). The University’s reputation among employers was its highest scoring factor in this year's table, scoring 97.7 out of 100.
The improved QS position follows on from the University’s ranking as fifth-best UK institution for employability in the latest Times Higher Education (THE) Global University Employability Ranking.
Earlier this year, the University was also named the best HEI (higher education institution) in Europe – and in the top three globally – for its social and environmental impact across its full range of functions. This prestigious new ranking was included in the inaugural THE University Impact Rankings in April 2019. These rankings are based on the ‘societal impact’ of the University’s research using the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) as a framework.