New data released by the QS World University Rankings 2013 has shown that 6 of the UK’s universities are now placed in the world’s top 20.Placed in the number 3 position, Cambridge is the highest ranked UK university, with University College London (UCL) placed 4th, Imperial College London 5th and the University of Oxford ranked in 6th.
The University of Edinburgh climbed into the top 20 from 21st last year to 17th place this year, while King’s College London (KCL) is now ranked 19th (previously ranked 26th).
The US was awarded the coveted top two spots in the rankings with MIT ranked the world’s number 1 educational institution, followed by Harvard University. In total, the United States of America has 11 universities ranked in the world’s top 20.
With 18 universities ranked in the world’s top 100, the UK is recognised on an international level as a good location to obtain a degree. The rise in rankings could help further boost the rising number of international students applying for courses.
UK university qualifications are held in prestige across the globe, with many international students applying for places at many of the country’s top educational institutions. The globalisation of world economies coupled with easily accessible information, whether obtained online or at international open days held by institutions, has helped propel the UK into one of the most attractive locations in the world for international students.
According to the UK Council for International Student Affairs, after Australia, the United Kingdom attracts the largest number of overseas students in the world.
In total, around 13% of the UK’s market share is international students. This figure has increased from 12.8% recorded in 2006, further highlighting the growing popularity of overseas students moving to the UK for an education. Source: OECD.