London is top city to study, according to global university rankings

Today, the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings revealed that four universities in London are listed in the top 40 – more than any other city in the world.

The UK capital also has five in the top 200, cementing London’s reputation as one of the best cities in the world for higher education.

The five London universities in the top 200 are:
• Imperial College London (9)
• University College London (14)
• London School of Economics and Political Science (26)
• King’s College London (38)
• Queen Mary University of London (130)

Deputy Mayor for Business, Rajesh Agrawal, said: “This is another fantastic achievement for the world-leading institutions in our city. With more first-class universities and international students than any other city, these rankings clearly demonstrate that London remains open to talent and academic excellence. I look forward to seeing what exciting business, technological, medical and other advances emerge from these centres of innovation and learning.”

Overall, the UK has 29 universities in the top 200, and is the most-represented European country in the top 200.

Ellie Bothwell, Editor of THE’s Global Rankings said: “The 2019 THE World University Rankings reflect a message we know well: institutions with the keenest international focus – those able to attract and retain the best global talent and partnerships, and welcome international students – progress the swiftest. Universities can’t excel in isolation, they’re purpose built for collaboration – and it’s one of the qualities that has so defined our world-class UK institutions.
“To innovate and compete globally, to build and sustain world-class universities, to truly excel – demands internationalism. London has benefited hugely from welcoming global talent. It’s a wonderful city that has always been open to the world for business, and it’s crucial it remains so.”

Professor Maggie Dallman, Vice President (International) of Imperial College London, the capital’s top-ranking university added: “We should all celebrate London’s success as a hub for so many top institutions. The capital’s great universities are collaborators rather than competitors. It is our internationalism, innovation and impact on society that makes us stand out on the global stage.”

Almost 30 per cent of London’s 378,840 students come from overseas, contributing £3 billion each year to the UK economy.

Laura Citron, CEO London & Partners, the Mayor’s official promotional agency said: “We are delighted that London universities have once again topped the rankings, which confirms London’s outstanding global reputation as a fantastic choice for international students.

“London warmly welcomes students from overseas who can immerse themselves in the city’s buzzing cultural scene – and with 110,000 students from abroad currently undertaking their studies here, we want to welcome even more international bright young minds to the capital”

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