The University of East Anglia (UEA) has remained among the top universities worldwide in a variety of subject areas in today’s (Wednesday 22 March) QS World University Rankings By Subject, including placing 11th in the world for Development Studies.
The QS (Quacquarelli Symonds) World University Rankings By Subject ranked nearly 1,600 of the world’s top institutions in 54 subject disciplines, based on factors such as academic and employer reputation, and number of citations per academic paper, and research collaborations. The 2023 rankings analysed papers published between 2016 and 2020.
UEA’s Development Studies rank of 11th was a rise from joint 14th in last year’s tables, with the University scoring particularly highly in metrics assessing the quality and impact of its research, and the number of citations obtained per publication.
Elsewhere, UEA maintained its position of 75th worldwide in Environmental Sciences, and 9th in the UK.
Beyond the top 100, QS group institutions into brackets of 50, with UEA placing between 101st and 150th in the following subject areas:
Over 1,000 institutions were assessed for Earth and Marine Sciences, Geography, Geology, Geophysics and Communication and Media Studies, meaning UEA placed in top 15% worldwide in all of these areas.
Prof Christine Bovis-Cnossen, Acting UEA Vice-Chancellor, said: “It’s great to see the quality of UEA’s research being recognised, cited and having an impact worldwide, across all four of our faculties. These ranking results show that the University continues to hold an excellent international reputation among academic peers and that the work our researchers do is making its mark on a global scale.”
UEA’s rank of 11th follows a successful 12 months in Development Studies at the University, after being rated in 1st in Times Higher Education’s ranking table for the Research Excellence Framework in May 2022, for the impact of the University’s world-leading research in the subject area.
Examples of research from the School of International Development that received global news coverage during the timeframe covered by the QS analysis include Prof Nitya Rao’s study into women’s ability to adapt effectively to climate change and Prof Peter Lloyd-Sherlock’s call for the global response to the Covid-19 pandemic to be more focused on older people from poorer countries.
Laura Camfield, Head of UEA’s School of International Development, said: “We were delighted to see the quality of our research and student experience recognised in this way, especially as we celebrate our 50th anniversary. Our students have become leaders in their field through a unique interdisciplinary approach that gives them the theoretical grounding and practical skills to create change in the world.”
To see the full list of results, visit the QS website.