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Manchester climbs international league table

22 Aug 2008

The University of Manchester has climbed eight places in the annual league table published by the Shanghai Jiao Tong University in China.

University of Manchester
University of Manchester

The University has improved its world ranking in 2008 by climbing to 40th place in the respected league table.

In addition, Manchester has risen to sixth in Europe from ninth place last year. Since the merger between the Victoria University of Manchester and UMIST in 2004, a year-on-year improvement in the Shanghai Jiao Tong Academic Ranking of World Universities has been one of the University’s main benchmarks for success, central to the pursuit of the Manchester 2015 Agenda.

Manchester has made steady progress in the rankings, from 53rd in 2005 to 50th in 2006 and 48th in 2007.

The University of Shanghai Jiao Tong bases its annual list on the ranking of 2,000 of the world's leading universities; using criteria such as the number of Nobel Prize winners among its alumni, the number of research papers published in leading magazines and various other academic achievements relative to a university's size.

The full league table can be seen here: http://www.arwu.org/rank2008/ARWU2008_A(EN).htm

Notes for editors

Contact Jon Keighren, Media Relations Manager, The University of Manchester on 0161 275 8384