The University of Manchester has jumped up a respected university league table and is now ranked seventh in the whole of Europe while making the top 40 in the world.
Manchester ranks 38th in the world according to the respect league table compiled by Shanghai Jiao Tong University – which ranks universities according to ‘research prowess’.
Highly-cited publications in Nature and Science have seen Manchester steal fifth place in the UK.
Globally, it has climbed three places – beating University of Texas at Austin and University of Copenhagen.
University Professor Luke Georghiou, Vice President Research and Innovation, said: “It is the university’s goal to be a world-leading institution.
“While all ranking systems have their faults, it is nonetheless pleasing to see our progress marked by this increase. This is particularly the case because the ARWU rankings tend to be quite static.”
He also stated that Manchester has sustained the largest increase since 2004, more than any other university on the index.
“Credit belongs to all of those colleagues whose excellent research underpins our position,” added Professor Georghiou.
The UK now has 38 universities in the top 500, one more than last year as Brunel University London made the list.
Us universities dominate the top spots. Harvard is first in the world for the 12th year running, Stanford in second and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) taking 3rd.
Asian universities such as Peking, Tsinghua and Shanghai Jiao Tong are now ascending into the 100-150 brackets, closely following the West.
The University of Nottingham has fallen out of the top 100 but like in 2013, Cambridge is still at fifth and Oxford in tenth.
To see the top 100 table visit Times Higher Education.
Image courtesy of Mike Peel, with thanks.