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Kent enters top 500 in world university rankings

The University has featured in the top 500 of Shanghai Ranking’s Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) for the first time since its launch in 2003.

Kent has been placed 401-500 in the world, compared to 601-700 in 2017.

It is also one of only 39 UK HEIs to feature in the top 500.

The University’s Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Karen Cox said: ‘I am pleased to see this latest ranking, which is further evidence of our international reputation and academic strengths. It also underlines our commitment to outstanding research, teaching and learning. My thanks and congratulations to all our staff who have made this possible.’

For 2018, Kent showed improvements across the ARWU’s performance indicators. These include:

  • The number of Highly Cited Researchers
  • The number of papers published in top science journals (Nature and Science)
  • The number of articles indexed by Science Citation Index-Expanded (SCIE) and Social Science Citation Index (SSCI)
  • The number of alumni and staff winning Nobel Prizes and Fields Medals

More than 1,500 institutions are ranked in the ARWU but only the top 500 are published alongside the candidates for the top 500, ranked 501-1000.

Earlier this year Kent was ranked 47th in the Times Higher Education’s (THE) new European Teaching Rankings.