Heriot-Watt named amongst Europe's elite universities



WUR Europe

Heriot-Watt has been named in the top 18% of European universities underlining its position as a leader in research and learning.

The inaugural QS World University Rankings: Europe 2024, published today (Sept 20), surveys a total of 690 universities across the continent, including 107 in the United Kingdom. It ranks each on a variety of metrics including the quality of research, international student diversity, sustainability, and academic reputation.

Heriot-Watt has been ranked 121st in Europe, highlighting the first class learning and teaching experience offered to students. It scored well in the quality of its scientific output, for its employer reputation, and for its appeal to international students.

The news comes after the University achieved its highest finish in the QS World University Rankings back in June when it climbed more than 40 places to 235th in the world. This result fulfilled Heriot-Watt’s long-standing strategic ambitions to enter the world’s top 250 universities by 2025.

Professor Richard A. Williams, Principal and Vice-Chancellor of Heriot-Watt University said: “I’m proud to acknowledge Heriot-Watt has been ranked in the top 18% of European universities. It’s further evidence of the positive impact of our strategic vision for this University. This approach is helping to elevate our status globally and underpins our pioneering research that continues to deliver meaningful change to communities around the world.

“This latest achievement reflects our teams’ commitment to academic excellence, innovation, and in delivering a dynamic learning and teaching experience for all our global students."

The QS World University Rankings: Europe 2024 is available to view in full via topuniversities.com.


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