Cardiff reaches five-year high in QS university rankings

Cardiff is 122nd-best world university according to Quacquarelli Symonds, despite recent drops in other rankings.

Cardiff University has climbed to 122nd place today in the annual Quacquarelli Symonds university rankings, in the process reaching its highest ranking in five years.

In what represents a gradual improvement year-on-year in the list, commonly known as the QS rankings, the University is now well-placed to break into the top 100 institutions by 2017, a target set by Vice Chancellor Professor Colin Riordan.

Cardiff was ranked 99th in the world by QS in 2007, but has recently fallen to as low as 143rd (2012). The news comes after the University was downgraded to the 151st-200th bracket in Shanghai Jiao Tong University’s university rankings. The University also fell out of the UK’s top 30 institutions in the 2016 Complete University rankings. Meanwhile, in the Guardian’s 2016 rankings earlier this year, Cardiff dropped from 26th to 27th place.

Professor Riordan expressed his pleasure at the QS rankings, while emphasising his ambition for Cardiff to break back into the top 100 universities worldwide: “While rankings will not divert us from our main purpose of research excellence and high-quality teaching the university’s recent progress in the QS world rankings is pleasing and a reflection of everybody’s hard work.

“We must now build on this success if we’re to achieve our aim of securing a top 100 place by 2017.

“A major part of this progress will be the university’s continuing investment in world-class facilities, including our £300m innovation campus, to ensure we continue to attract the best staff and students to Cardiff.”

Elsewhere in Wales, Swansea University climbed to 400th from the 461-470 bracket, and Aberystwyth University jumped as many as 100 places to the 501-550 bracket, having previously been ranked between 601 and 650.