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LSE's global reputation continues to rise

LSE has risen in the annual Times Higher Education World Reputation Rankings for the fourth year in a row.

THE World Reputation Rankings

The 2015 rankings place the School at 22nd in the world, a climb of two places from last year and a continual rise since the reputation rankings were first established. LSE was previously 37th in 2011, 29th in 2012, 25th in 2013 and 24th in 2014. This year the School is one of only five UK institutions in the top 30.

The Times Higher Education World Reputation Rankings are based on the world's largest invitation-only survey of academic opinion, featuring 10,500 respondents from 142 countries. Invited respondents were asked to give their insight into the academic prestige of institutions from around the world.  Carried out by the Times Higher Education with academic publisher Elsevier, the survey attracted nearly 70,000 responses from senior academics across all disciplines.

US universities are flying high in the opinion of most scholars from around the world, but the UK is also making significant strides, with an increase in the number of its universities ranked in the top 100. London is, once again, deemed the top city in the world for higher education institutions.

Commenting on this year’s rankings, LSE Director Professor Craig Calhoun said:

“That LSE continues to be so well-regarded around the world is a credit to the sustained work and engagement of our staff, students and alumni – both at home and overseas.

LSE’s priority will continue to be a focus on teaching excellence, recruiting the world’s best students and staff, and producing world-leading research which makes a real difference. If we do that right then the strong reputation will inevitably follow."

Phil Baty, Editor of the Times Higher Education World University Rankings, added:

“The LSE has strengthened its position among the 25 most prestigious universities in the world – as judged by 10,000 expert, senior academics. Given that there are around 20,000 higher education institutions in the world, this is an outstanding achievement, and puts the LSE among the elite of the elite. Such a stellar global reputation will help to ensure that the LSE continues to be a leading light – attracting global talent and investment into London and the UK!"

The reputation-only rankings are a subset of the Times Higher Education’s World University Rankings, which will be published in the autumn 2015.

The full results are available here: Times Higher Education World Reputation Rankings.

11 March 2015