As in previous years, LSE has again scored very highly in the Times Higher Educational Supplement-QS world university rankings, published on Friday 9 November.
LSE ranks third in the list of the top 50 social science universities in the world, and third of all universities in the world for attractiveness of graduates to employers. While the School's position this year in the main top 200 table has fallen as a result of a change in methodology (see below), overall the results are highly positive and reflect the School's unique strengths.
Howard Davies, School director, said: 'Our position in the social sciences table, where we remain consistently right up at the top, reflects where we think we should be, and are. Students should also be pleased that we are close to the top of the league of recruiters' assessments.'
The World's Top 200 Universities
2007 rank - 59
2006 rank - 17
Peer Review Score - 89
Employer Review Score - 100
Staff/Student Score - 65
Citations/Staff Score - 29
International Staff Score - 100
International Students Score - 100
Overall Score - 75.7
Top 50 Universities for Social Sciences
Rank - 3
Score - 83.4
Top 50 Universities for Arts and Humanities
Rank - 26
Score - 54.0
Top 10 International Students
2007 Rank - 1
2006 Rank - 1
Score - 100
Top 10 Employer Review
2007 Rank - 3
2006 Rank - 4
Score - 99.8
Top 10 International Staff
2007 Rank - 7
2006 Rank - 3
Score - 99.9
For a full list of the tables visit http://www.thes.co.uk/
Works of art in the making
Strength in the arts and humanities is also a must for universities that aim to be national leaders in political and cultural debate. Hence the appearance of the universities of Toronto, McGill, Tokyo, Peking, the London School of Economics and the Australian National University in prominent positions.
Methodology: What the pick of the crop means for the rest of the field
The second of our measures, the employer review, accounts for only 10 per cent of the possible score. This year, 1,471 recruiters of graduates from around the world told us where they like to get their employees. They put Cambridge and Oxford universities at the top of the list, with the London School of Economics third and the University of Manchester in fifth place.
Our look at international staff contains two universities in London, the LSE and the School of Oriental and African Studies, alma maters of choice for future foreign ministers, central bankers and heads of state across the developing world. Despite this British success, Harvard, MIT and Stanford are also well placed on this measure. Their appearance alongside Oxbridge and the LSE suggests that employers are a conservative breed.
The LSE is the winner among students for the second successive year, with second and third slots also going to UK institutions. Its appeal is not hard to discern. Few future economic and social scientists could resist being at a research-based elite university in the heart of one of the world's most diverse and successful cities, close to many of the world's top financial markets.
Analysis: Fine tuning reveals distinctions
We have switched from this arithmetical measure to a Z-score, which determines how far away any institution's score is from the average. Some universities suffer as a result, such as CalTech on citations and the London School of Economics on overseas students.
The innovators and educators
The tables that make up these rankings differ in two important respects from the first three editions. One is that they use a new and larger database to generate citations information. The other is that the data has for the first time been processed to eliminate single outliers having a disproportionate effect on the overall result. In the past, we have allotted a top score for each measure to the highest ranked university on that criterion, and expressed all the other scores for that measure as a percentage of the figure for the highest placed institution. This meant that one exceptional university could depress the scores for 199 others. This change has had a particularly chastening effect on the London School of Economics, which has fallen from 17th place in 2006 to 59th this year.
Straits Times, Singapore
Scoring revamp sees NUS drop from 19 to 33
Apart from NUS, the London School of Economics was also affected by the scoring changes, dropping from 17th last year to 59th this year. Stanford fell from sixth to 19th.
Irish Independent (8 November)
Trinity top of the class as colleges make global grade
This year, Trinity has overtaken prestigious institutions such as the London School of Economics, the University of Washington and St Andrew's in Scotland.
9 November 2007