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The University of Birmingham continues to rise amongst the best performing research-intensive universities in the world, according to the 2021 Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings.

Already ranked in the top 100 global universities in the 2021 QS World University Rankings at 87th, Birmingham has climbed five places in the 2021 THE World University Rankings to 107th globally. The 2020 rankings saw the University rise four places to 112th.

This year also sees the University’s THE ranking in the UK rise from 13th to 12th.

Birmingham’s latest rankings success.follows a further rise in the number of citations and increasing recognition of the quality of teaching, as well as the University maintaining the reputation of its research.

Professor Sir David Eastwood, Vice-Chancellor and Principal at the University of Birmingham said: “It has never been more important to be a global university, and the University remains committed to this.

“Our research creates solutions to some of the world’s biggest issues and our continued rise in this year’s THE rankings recognises Birmingham as one of the world’s leading universities; highlighting the importance and impact of our research, the international experience and outlook of our students, and our global footprint.

“Our researchers find solutions to some of the world’s biggest issues; collaborating with academic colleagues around the globe, and we are proud to work with our many international partners and to welcome students from around the world to Birmingham.

“During these unprecedented times, our commitment to being an outward-looking, collaborative, and welcoming institution is stronger than ever. Our researchers are playing a central role in the global research effort in relation to COVID-19 and its health, social and economic impacts.”

Times Higher Education World University Rankings is the only global university performance table to judge research-intensive universities across each one of their core missions: teaching (the learning environment); research (volume, income and reputation), international outlook (staff, students and research); citations (research influence) and industry income (knowledge transfer).

The QS World University Rankings are the most commonly used global rankings and are a measure of a university’s global reputation.

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  • The University of Birmingham is ranked amongst the world’s top institutions, its work brings people from across the world to Birmingham, including researchers and teachers and more than 8,000 international students from over 150 countries.
  • The 2021 edition of THE World University Rankings includes a total of 1,527 institutions from 93 countries.
  • The Rankings use 13 carefully calibrated performance indicators used to provide the most comprehensive and balanced comparisons - trusted globally by students and their families, academics, university leaders, industry and governments.
  • Independently audited by professional services firm PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC): the only global university rankings to be subjected to full, independent scrutiny of this nature.
  • Read The full 2021 World University Rankings table and methodology.