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Three Scottish universities have made it into the top 100 in this year’s QS World University Rankings. Edinburgh, Glasgow and St Andrews all feature in the top 100 with all three improving on their previous ranking. Edinburgh features as Scotland’s highest ranked university moving up from 20th to 16th in the world this year. Edinburgh also featured as the fifth highest university in the United Kingdom behind Oxford, Cambridge, UCL and Imperial College London.

Aberdeen, Heriot-Watt and Stirling also all improved on their ranking from the previous year. In addition to Strathclyde and Dundee a total of eight Scottish universities made it into the top 500.

Featuring 13,000 universities from around the world, this year’s university rankings are the largest number ever. Each institution has been assessed according to six key metrics including academic reputation, employer reputation, faculty/ student ratio, citations per faculty, international faculty ration and international student ratio.

Martin Boyle SFC’s Director of Policy, Insight and Analytics said:

“It’s fantastic to see three Scottish universities featuring in the top 100 with many of Scotland’s universities improving on their performance in this year’s QS Top Universities rankings.

“We want to help make Scotland the best place in the world to educate, research and innovate and these rankings demonstrate that Scotland’s universities continue to improve and are world leading.”