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10/09/13 00:01

Scottish university strength

Edinburgh, Glasgow and St Andrews move up in world university rankings.

The University of Edinburgh is now one of the best twenty universities in the world according to the latest rankings published by QS (Quacquarelli Symonds).

The institution has risen to 17, putting it in amongst the very best of American, British and European universities. The University of Glasgow also rose to three places up to 51, while St Andrews rose ten places to 83.

Education Secretary Michael Russell said:

“Today’s news reflects the exceptional commitment of staff and students at our universities. We have known for some time that higher education in Scotland is world-renowned and today’s rankings are further evidence that we punch above our weight in research and education.

“Seeing Edinburgh very much up there with MIT, Cambridge and Harvard is great news for the institution and will further enhance its global reputation. I am also very pleased to see the University of Glasgow's success in achieving its highest ever QS world ranking and St Andrews very impressively building on their placing last year.

“The Scottish Government invests over £1 billion annually into higher education, including an additional £13.8 million which I announced earlier this year for world-leading research at Scottish universities. This investment is supporting our improving success in the world rankings.

“In addition Scotland building an unrivalled record of success in attracting research funding. Today’s figures show that we are continuing to move in the right direction and taking our place at the top table of world universities.”

Notes to editors

QS world university rankings will be available at