King's rises four places in the Academic Ranking of World Universities

The announcement of the latest Academic Ranking of World Universities has again brought reason to celebrate, as in the 2017 league table King’s has risen four places to 46th in the world.

Welcoming the news of this year’s results, Professor Ed Byrne, President & Principal of King’s, said: ‘King’s has consolidated a place in the top 50 on this most rigorous of the largely research-based international rankings. This is an outstanding result for King’s as this is the way the rankings measure research proves challenging for us as an institution. As we continue to strengthen research outputs across the board, I would anticipate further steady improvement in the face of ever increasing international competition.’

The Academic Ranking of World Universities league table was originally compiled by Shanghai Jiao Tong University, and ranks the top 500 universities across the world based on six key indicators:

  • The number of alumni and staff winning Nobel Prizes and Fields Medals (the Fields Medal is a prize awarded to mathematicians under the age of 40, at the International Congress of the International Mathematical Union - a meeting that takes place every four years)
  • The number of Highly Cited Researchers
  • The number of articles published in journals of Nature and Science
  • The number of articles indexed in Science Citation and other Indices
  • Per capita performance

King’s is one of seven UK universities in the top 50. Although 1200 universities are ranked, only the top 500 are published.

Congratulations to all of the staff, students and alumni of King’s who contribute to the success and impact of King’s academic research.