NUI Galway has been named as one of the eight Irish institutions to have apperared on the list of the world’s top 200 universities.
The new 2013 QS World University Rankings by subject were released on Thursday on TopUniversities.com and revealed that NUI Galway made the list, which ranks third-level institutions in 30 individual disciplines including mathematics, economics, history, environmental sciences and 25 others.
The subject area ranking is based on last year’s rankings data and NUI Galway features in the top 200 institutions in five of the 30 subjects, including English Language & Literature, History, Computer Science & Info Systems, Pharmacy and Pharmacology, and Law.
“This is very good news for NUI Galway as the QS World University Rankings by Subject series takes into the account the opinion of academics and employers via a global survey confirming that our position globally is on the rise,” said Dr Jim Browne , President of NUI Galway.
“We operate in a global market, competing for students and research support on an international playing field and this international recognition of the quality of our research and teaching from academic and employer opinions around the world are very significant.”
Now in its third year, the QS World University Rankings by Subject series is the only international evaluation that allows prospective students to compare universities in their particular area of interest.
Ben Sowter, Head of Research at QS, said that as many governments around the world move towards the ‘student pays’ model on higher education funding, employability is increasingly crucial to graduates.
“Although only eight of Ireland’s institutions have ranked in the top 200, we found that 23 Irish institutions in total have been cited by academics in at least one subject, which suggests that the international reputation of the country’s institutions among academics is strong.”