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Queen's and UU among top 'international universities' in the world

Queen's University is ranked at number 24, followed by Ulster University at number 120 
Cathal McGuigan

QUEEN'S UNIVERSITY is one of the top 'international' universities in the world, according to a list by Times Higher Education

The rankings are based on the proportion of international staff and students at a university as well as the proportion of research papers published with at least one co-author from another country.

Queen's Belfast was ranked number 24 on the list of 200, while Ulster University came in at number 120.

There are eight universities in the Republic on the list, the highest ranked being Trinity College Dublin at number 40 and UCD at number 74.

Further down the list was Dublin City University (138), NUI Galway and the University of Limerick (both 139), followed by NUI Maynooth (146), University College Cork (147) and the Dublin Institute of Technology (172).

28 countries are represented in the top 200 in total.

The UK had the most entries on the list with 39 universities named, followed by Australia with 24 institutions listed.

Taking the number one spot is Qatar University. It’s followed by the University of Luxembourg, with the University of Hong Kong in third place. Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne in Switzerland takes fourth and University of Geneva, also in Switzerland, rounds out the top five.

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Graduates in their gowns (Chris Ison/PA)


Phil Baty, Times Higher Education World University Rankings editor said: “All institutions in this list deserve to celebrate – being named one of the most international universities in the world is a sign of great potential, competitiveness and dynamism.”

Below are listed the universities in the UK and Ireland that made the top 100:

Imperial College London (10th)

University of Oxford (18th)

University College London (18th)

King’s College London (20th)

University of Essex (21st)

London School of Economics and Political Science (22nd)

Queen Mary University of London (23rd)

Queen’s University Belfast (24th)

Royal Holloway, University of London (30th)

Aston University (33rd)

University of St Andrews (34th)

Brunel University London (35th)

University of Cambridge (36th)

University of Aberdeen (37th)

Trinity College Dublin (40th)

University of Surrey (43rd)

University of Warwick (45th)

Heriot-Watt University (46th)

Birkbeck, University of London (50th)

University of Edinburgh (52nd)

City University London (53rd)

University of Southampton (60th)

University of Sussex (61st)

University of Exeter (65th)

University of Kent (66th)

University of Manchester (68th)

Lancaster University (68th)

University of Leicester (72nd)

Durham University (73rd)

University College Dublin (74th)

University of Glasgow (75th)

University of Liverpool (78th)

University of Reading (79th)

University of Bath (82nd)

Newcastle University (88th)

University of York (93rd)

University of East Anglia (93rd)

University of Bristol (96th)

University of Birmingham (98th)

University of Sheffield (99th)

University of Westminster (99th)

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