The University of Exeter has broken into the global top 100 universities for the first time.

University of Exeter achieves global top 100 status in influential rankings

The University of Exeter has broken into the top 100 universities in the world for the first time in the most influential global league table, released today.

The University is now ranked 93rd in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings, placing it among the very best institutions across the globe.

The new ranking marks a significant rise for the University, having leapt from 154th last year, and cements its position as being amongst the top 1 per cent of universities worldwide.

Professor Sir Steve Smith, Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive of the University of Exeter said: “This magnificent achievement is testament to the hard work, dedication and energy of everyone associated with the University of Exeter, and this is an accolade that we can all be rightly honoured by.

“I am personally extremely proud of what we have achieved so far together. I am confident that this is just the beginning of our next successful chapter here at the University, not just nationally but in strengthening our place among the very best universities worldwide.”

The 2015-16 Times Higher Education World University Rankings are arguably the world’s most prestigious and widely referenced university rankings, playing a significant role in global degree recognition.

The rankings are the only global university performance tables to judge research-intensive universities across all of their core missions - teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook.

The top universities rankings employ 13 carefully calibrated performance indicators to provide the most comprehensive and balanced comparisons available, which are trusted by students, academics, university leaders, industry and governments.

Phil Baty, editor of the THE World University Rankings, said: “The Times Higher Education World University Rankings, now in their 12th year, apply rigorous standards, using tough global benchmarks across all of a global research university’s key missions. For the University of Exeter to make 93 in the world is an outstanding achievement to be celebrated.”

The THE rankings are the latest in 2015 to highlight Exeter’s burgeoning international reputation.

Earlier this month, the University was ranked 161st in the QS World University Rankings, while in August the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) 2015, saw the University leap into the top 200 ranked global institutions.

 Meanwhile, the CWTS Leiden Ranking 2015, which offers key insights into the scientific performance of 750 major universities worldwide, ranked the University sixth in the UK, eighth in Europe and top 40 in the world.

In the most recent Research Excellent Framework (REF2014), Exeter was ranked 16th nationally, with 82 per cent of research rated as world-leading or internationally excellent.

More information about the ranking can be found on the Times Higher Education website.

Date: 1 October 2015