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Manchester climbs further in prestigious league table

16 Aug 2011

The University of Manchester has climbed six places in the annual league table published by the Shanghai Jiao Tong University in China.

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The University has improved its world ranking in 2011 by climbing to 38th place in the respected league table.  Manchester is now ranked sixth in Europe, and fifth in the UK. 

Since 2004, continued improvement in the Shanghai Jiao Tong Academic Ranking of World Universities has been one of the University’s main benchmarks for success, central to the pursuit of the Manchester 2015 Agenda.  The University has made steady progress in the rankings, from 78th in 2004 to this latest high of 38th.

The President and Vice-Chancellor of The University of Manchester, Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell, said: “Manchester is now tantalisingly close to realising the vision mapped out by my predecessor, Professor Alan Gilbert.  Although we are already planning well beyond 2015, this is an important milestone in our continuing journey towards becoming one of the top 25 universities in the world, and it is a tribute to the outstanding staff here at Manchester.”

The University of Shanghai Jiao Tong compiles its annual list by ranking the 500 leading universities in the world's, using criteria such as the number of Nobel Prize winners, the number of research papers published in leading magazines and various other academic achievements relative to a university's size.  Harvard University in the USA is at the top of the rankings.

The full league table can be seen here: