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Manchester among top international universities in new academic rankings

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Our University has been ranked at number 38 in the latest Academic Ranking of World Universities

The annual rankings see the University retain its top ten status as the 6th best institution in the UK and 8th in Europe according to the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU), which ranks the world’s leading higher education institutions.

This year, more than 2500 institutions were scrutinized, with the best 1000 universities in the world published by the AWRU. Overall, The United Kingdom has 63 Top 1000 universities, 38 listed in the Top 500 and 8 listed in the Top 100.

Deputy President and Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Professor Luke Georgiou, said: “The ranking tables, despite their limitations, give a consistent picture of The University of Manchester’s excellence in national and global terms.”

Starting from 2003, ARWU has been presenting the world’s top universities annually based on a set of objective indicators and third-party data. ARWU adopts six objective indicators to rank world universities, including the number of alumni and staff winning Nobel Prizes and Fields Medals, the number of articles published in journals of Nature and Science, the number of Highly Cited Researchers and articles indexed in Science Citation Index – Expanded and Social Sciences Citation Index based on data in the Web of Science, and per capita performance.

This ARWU success follows after our University retained 5th place for research power – the quality and scale of research and impact – in the UK government’s Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021.

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