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Cardiff University breaks into the world’s top 100

08 November 2007

Cardiff University has broken into the elite top 100 of world universities for the first time.

The University is ranked 99th in the annual Times Higher Education Supplement (THES) world rankings, reflecting its growing international status and strengths. The placing also means that Cardiff rises 6 places to be 19th in the UK rankings.

The breakthrough continues the remarkable success of the University in many areas of operation, including the award of the 2007 Nobel Prize for Medicine to Professor Sir Martin Evans of the School of Biosciences.

The THES world league table is among the most respected in higher education. It is based largely on a survey of thousands of international experts, who are asked which universities are most respected in their field.

The Vice-Chancellor of Cardiff University, 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 its 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 a £21m new School of Optometry

• Continued popularity as the UK’s 8th most sought-after university, with some 37,000 applicants for undergraduate places and increasing numbers of applications from students worldwide

• Innovative new initiatives, including the unique Cardiff International Academy of Voice, providing individual training for the opera stars of the future

• A multi-million pound deal with intellectual property firm Biofusion for the commercial development of University research, bringing more jobs and growth to Wales

ENDS

Notes to Editors:

The 2007 THES-QS World University Rankings are published today (Thursday) in the Times Higher Education Supplement. Cardiff was rated joint 141st in the 2006 rankings. Senior members of the University are available for interview about this year's performance. To arrange, or for further information, please contact:

Stephen Rouse,

Public Relations Office,

Cardiff University.

029 2087 5596

e-mail: RouseS@cardiff.ac.uk

Cardiff University

Cardiff University is recognised in independent government assessments as one of Britain’s leading teaching and research universities. Founded by Royal Charter in 1883, the University today combines impressive modern facilities and a dynamic approach to teaching and research. The University’s breadth of expertise in research and research-led teaching encompasses: the humanities; the natural, physical, health, life and social sciences; engineering and technology; preparation for a wide range of professions; and a longstanding commitment to lifelong learning. Cardiff is a member of the Russell Group of the UK’s leading research universities.

Visit the University website at: www.cardiff.ac.uk