University of Reading 175th in the world in QS World University Rankings

The University of Reading has retained its place in the top-200 institutions in the world, in the 2016 QS World University Rankings.

The University is ranked 175th overall out of over 4,300 considered by the compiler – its second highest ever year-on-year result. It is placed 28th out of 73 UK institutes graded.

The international ranking consolidates last year’s very steep rise of 46 places last year to 156th in the world. Over the last five years, Reading has risen 40 places.

Highlights include being ranked 87th globally for the ratio of international to UK students – showing the attractiveness for overseas under- and postgraduates.

The University has also been ranked 15th in the UK the average number of citations per academic – showing real impact and quality of research. It has risen 20 places over the last two years.

The QS World University Rankings is a respected, independent benchmark of university quality published every autumn.

Provost Professor Tony Downes said:
“The University of Reading has provided world-class tertiary education to students for over a century. We are proud to retain our place in the top one percent of universities across the globe.

“We are an ambitious University and we will strive to maintain our excellent international reputation. We continue to believe that higher education is a key driver behind highly-skilled graduates, job creation, and exports, which contribute to a knowledge-led economy.

“We are confident that the top-notch courses we offer students at our state-of-the-art campus in Malaysia will offer students an exceptional higher education experience. Our goal is for the University of Reading Malaysia to become one of the leading universities in Malaysia with a reputation for excellence in both teaching and research. We believe we are on the right course.”

The more detailed QS World University Rankings results include:


  • 87th globally for international student ratio, up from 95th last year – showing how successful the University has been in attracting overseas students.
  • 149th for international faculty ratio - showing how attracting overseas academics – broadly in line with 2015 ranking of 140th.
  • 154th in the world for citations per faculty – up from 164th last year.
  • 208th internationally for employer reputation and 260th for academic reputation - based on the QS Global Employer Survey and QS Global Academic Survey.


  • 15th for citations per faculty – up from 20th last year and a rise of 20 places since 2014.
  • 38th for international student ratio – up from 42nd last year and 44th in 2014.
  • Maintained and consolidated rankings for academic reputation (28th), employer reputation (31st); international student proportion (35th); and on proportion of international academics (34th).

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