University climbs to highest position in global rankings

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Heriot-Watt University has climbed to its highest ever position in the 2022 QS World University Rankings released today (8 June 2021).

The University is 270th in the world, representing a 31-place year-on-year rise in the influential annual list that assesses institutional performance. The rankings also reveal the University is now 33rd in the UK – an improvement of two places on last year - and 92nd within Western Europe.

This year’s table is the largest published by QS, with 1,300 institutions featured. Universities from around the world have been assessed according to six different criteria: academic reputation, employer reputation, faculty to student ratio, citations per faculty, ratio of international faculty members and ratio of international students.

News of Heriot-Watt’s improved position in this year’s rankings come during its bicentennial year making a double celebration for the University, which has campuses in the UK, Malaysia and Dubai.  

Professor Richard A. Williams, Principal and Vice-Chancellor for Heriot-Watt University, said the achievement is testament to the resilience and determination of everyone at the University over the last 12-months. He added: “Our latest position in the 2022 QS World University Rankings reflect the marked growth in the influence and impact of our specialist research, our unique global education model and our effective partnership working with employers and industry. Our diverse outlook and unique global footprint has and continues to be, a source of tremendous strength for this University.”

It has been a difficult period for the higher education sector in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic with financial pressures and travel restrictions just some of the challenges faced by institutions.

Despite this, the Heriot-Watt community has come together and in April, welcomed the opening of a new state-of-the-art campus in Dubai marking 16-years as a leading higher education provider in the region. This work and more has seen the University expand its global influence whilst continuing its cutting-edge research to find solutions to global problems.

Heriot-Watt has adapted to a new way of working across its global campuses to minimise disruption while continuing to produce high-quality research.

Our strong performance in this year’s QS World University Rankings was a result of strategic commitments and investments guided by our vision, values, and Strategy 2025. As a globally connected university, Heriot-Watt remains committed to supporting sustainable local economic growth and addressing global challenges through the world class education and research we deliver.

Professor Mushtak Al-Atabi, Provost and CEO at Heriot-Watt University Malaysia

The QS World University Rankings were revealed on the same day as the Complete University Guide League Table was published. In that guide, Heriot-Watt ranked 23rd out of 130 UK institutions, which is the University’s highest ever position. In addition, it was placed 4th out of 14 Scottish Institutions, marking a rise on last year.

To learn more about student life and what courses are on offer across the University’s five global campuses, visit the Heriot-Watt website.

A full breakdown of this year’s QS World University Rankings and the Complete University Guide League Table can be found on their respective websites.

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