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Posted 08 October 2009

UCD in Top 100 in Times Higher Education QS World University Rankings

University College Dublin ranked 89 – up 19 places from 2008

UCD has entered the top 100 of the prestigious Times Higher Education QS World University Rankings, having risen to 89 in 2009. The top 100 is widely recognised as a benchmark of quality in the international higher education community and with over 2,000 universities surveyed, the ranking puts UCD in the top 5% of universities worldwide.

Welcoming the break-through into the top 100 band, UCD President, Dr Hugh Brady, said:

“It is gratifying to be recognised for excellence by both international academic peers and employers alike. While one could find fault with any university ranking system, the reality is that rankings matter: they matter when top quality international students and staff are choosing a university, they matter increasingly to Irish students when deciding whether to study in Ireland or abroad, and they are cited as one of the top 10 reasons why multinational companies choose a particular region in which to invest.

While no ranking system could possibly gauge the full impact of UCD on the making of modern Ireland, this international recognition is an affirmation of the excellence, hard work and dedication of staff, students and alumni of the university.

We Irish have sometimes been too slow to acknowledge the quality and productivity of our universities and too often it seems to take experts from afar to remind us of our true achievement and potential.”

The President congratulated the other Irish universities that have made strides in the THE QS rankings.
"The 2009 rankings are further evidence that Ireland's substantial but relatively recent investment in higher education and research is already paying dividends. In particular, congratulations to Trinity College for enhancing their position in the top 100. This augurs well for the success of the TCD/UCD Innovation Alliance." Dr Brady concluded.

The Times Higher Education QS rankings is based on a number of parameters including peer review by international academics, survey of international employers, the international nature of the teaching faculty and student body and metrics of achievement in research and scholarship.

The Times Higher Education QS rankings differ from most other prominent international ranking systems by their academic breadth covering five major areas, namely Arts & Humanities, Engineering & IT, Life Sciences & Biomedicine, Natural Sciences, and Social Sciences.

World Rank
2009 2008 2007 2006 2005
UCD 89 108 177 219 221

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