University of Cambridge: Cambridge second in influential world university rankings

The University of Cambridge has moved up to second place in the QS World University Rankings, the highest rated institution in the UK.

The announcement follows hot on the heels of Cambridge’s recent success in the UK Research Excellence Framework, where it was rated as the highest scoring institution covering all the major disciplines.

The QS World University Rankings 2023 include over 1,400 institutions from around the world. Its rankings compare institutions on a host of different criteria, including: academic reputation, employer reputation, faculty/student ratio, citations per faculty, and international student ratio & international faculty ratio.

Cambridge achieved an overall score of 98.8 out of 100, and the maximum score for academic reputation, employer reputation, faculty/student ratio, international faculty ratio and employer outcomes.

Professor Stephen J Toope, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cambridge, said: “I am extremely proud of the imagination, vision and hard work of Cambridge’s researchers, staff and students, which are reflected in today’s results. Together with this year’s very positive REF results, the QS World Rankings have helped cement the University of Cambridge’s reputation as a truly world-leading institution.”

In the previous rankings, the University of Cambridge was joint third, but this time round it has moved up a place, overtaking Oxford to be second only to MIT in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA.