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Cardiff falls again in university rankings

Cardiff drops into 151-200 category worldwide in Shanghai Jiao Tong University’s annual Academic Ranking of World Universities.

Cardiff University has fallen short of achieving a top-ten place in the latest academic excellence rankings, according to Shanghai Jiao Tong University’s annual Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU).

While the golden triangle of institutions lead the way in the UK, with the Universities of Oxford, Cambridge and UCL topping the table, Cardiff University has dropped to the 18th-21st place banding.

Internationally, the table shows that Cardiff has fallen out of the top 100-150 institutions worldwide and is now ranked in the 151-200 category.

This news follows a recent drop in other league tables, including the Complete University Guide and the Guardian University League Table, where Cardiff University has failed to make the top 20 in either.

Speaking to gair rhydd, a Cardiff University spokesperson said: “It’s disappointing we have fallen in the Shanghai Jiao Tong University’s annual Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU). Whilst we have fallen, sifting the tables for UK universities Cardiff University has only gone down from the 9th-17th banding to the 18th-21st.

“It may be the case that we have only fallen one place among UK Universities. It is impossible to calculate. Institutions scoring a national ranking outside of the top ten and an international ranking outside of the top 100 are banded together rather than given individual scores. It is not possible to calculate an exact change in the ranking of such institutions from previous years.”

This news also comes at a time when the university is aiming to be placed in the top 100 world universities and a top 20 UK university by 2017, just two years’ time.

Commenting on the feasibility of this goal with the latest rankings in mind, the Cardiff University spokesperson said: “It’s worth clarifying that our world top 100 university target is based on the results of the QS World University Rankings. The top 20 UK university target is based on the results of the The Times and Sunday Times University Guide. Whilst other league tables are important indicators of performance, these are the rankings by which our performance is judged. On both measures, we continue to show significant progress. “

“For example, the 2014 QS World University Rankings put us in 123rd place – up 13 places on the previous year. In addition, in the latest (2015) QS World Rankings by Subject we have three subject areas in the top 50 in the world – Architecture/Built Environment 29th, Psychology 36th and Geography 38th. The overall 2015 QS World University Rankings are due in September and we hope to see a continued rise.

“Clearly there is still work to be done but we remain 100% committed to becoming a world top 100 university and top 20 UK university in the lifetime of the University’s strategy – The Way Forward.“

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