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Cardiff in World's Top 100 university rankings

08 November 2007

The University has broken into the top 100 world universities for the first time.

The University rose 42 places from last year’s ranking of 141st to 99th in the world in the annual Times Higher Education Supplement (THES) world rankings. Harvard University topped the list.

The THES world league table is based largely on a survey of thousands of international experts, who are asked which universities are most respected in their field. Citations, recruiters’ opinions and staff:student ratios are also taken into account.

The Vice-Chancellor, Dr David Grant, said: "The University’s continued rise in the THES international rankings reflects the success of all staff in pursuing our vision of being a world-leading university.

"What is particularly pleasing about this study is that it is based heavily on the opinions of international academic experts in all fields, indicating high regard around the world for Cardiff University’s research, teaching and innovation in the sciences, humanities, and health-related disciplines. This rating is further confirmation that in Cardiff University, Wales has an internationally-recognised institution it can be truly proud of."

Cardiff’s rise to this highest-ever position reflects a year of achievement which has seen:

  • Record levels of new research funding, with awards totalling more than £110M
  • Investment in teaching and research facilities, including the £21M new building for its School of Optometry and Vision Sciences, and almost £30M of new biomedical imaging centres
  • Award of the Nobel Prize for Medicine to Professor Sir Martin Evans
  • Award of the Queen's Anniversary Prize to the Institute of Medical Genetics, part of the School of Medicine
  • Continued popularity as the UK’s 8th most sought-after university, with some 37,000 applications for undergraduate places and increasing numbers of applications from students worldwide
  • Continued innovation, including the unique Cardiff International Academy of Voice, providing individual training for the opera stars of the future
  • The multi-million pound deal with intellectual property firm Biofusion for the commercial development of University research, bringing more jobs and growth to Wales