The University of Southampton has risen to 75 on the QS World University Rankings table for 2011/12.
Southampton is one of only 19 UK universities placed in the top 100, with the University of Cambridge topping the rankings.
The QS Rankings are compiled by international education company Quacquarelli Symonds, and were first issued in 2004. Harvard University, in the United States, is the most successful institute in the league table’s history, having topped the rankings six years in a row between 2004 and 2009, only to be replaced at the top by the UK’s prestigious Cambridge institute in 2010.
Southampton’s achievement of 75th on the rankings is the university’s most successful to date, improving on its positions of 81st, 95th, 99th, 80th, 141st, 206th and 193rd in 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005 and 2004, respectively. In faculty rankings, Southampton placed 179th in Arts & Humanities, 55th in Engineering & Technology, 186th in Life Sciences & Medicine, 118th in Natural Sciences and 209th in Social Sciences & Management.
Speaking about the 2011 rankings, Vice Chancellor Don Nutbeam proclaimed that “We [the University]are delighted to see that we continue to be acknowledged for our world-class performance and placed firmly within the top 100 universities in the world.”
Other high-ranking UK universities include the University of Oxford, Imperial College London and University College London, placing 5th, 6th and 7th, respectively. Harvard placed 2nd, with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Yale University (both in the US) completing the top five.