Two UK universities have been ranked in the top 10 for nursing in a list of global higher education institutions.
King’s College London was ranked sixth and the University of Manchester ranked eighth in the list compiled by analysts from QS Quacquarelli Symonds.
“Our most inclusive rankings ever show that excellence can be found in an ever-increasing number of places”
The University of Pennsylvania in the US was ranked as the world’s best university for the study of nursing, in what is claimed to be the first ever global ranking of its kind.
In second place was Johns Hopkins University, also in the US, followed by the University of Toronto in Canada.
The rankings – QS World University Rankings for Nursing – were based on the expert opinion of thousands of academics and employers, alongside analysis of 247,910 nursing research papers.
Around 850 institutions applied for inclusion, of which QS gave a nominal ranking to 396, before publishing a final top 100.
In total, universities from 19 different countries were ranked among the world’s best 100 places to study nursing. The UK managed 12 universities in the top 100.
The most-featured country in the ranking was the US, which takes nine top 20 places, and 32 places overall.
Australia ranked as the second-best nursing nation worldwide, with its universities taking 16 places in the list. The University of Sydney was the highest placed at number 13.
First global university rankings for nursing released
Ben Sowter, head of the QS Intelligence Unit, said: “Though the US and UK remain dominant, our most inclusive rankings ever show that excellence can be found in an ever-increasing number of places.
“Nations like Austria, South Africa, Finland, Brazil, China, and Sweden can be found in the top 10 of our tables,” he said.
“Our new top 100 for nursing acknowledges academic excellence in 19 different countries, with institutions from six different countries in the top 20,” he added.
QS Quacquarelli Symonds has been providing analysis on the higher education sector since 1990. It publishes global rankings for universities across over 40 different subject areas annually on its Top Universities website.
|QS World University Rankings – Nursing (Top 10) 2016||Institution||Country|
|1||University of Pennsylvania||US|
|2||Johns Hopkins University||US|
|3||University of Toronto||Canada|
|4||University of Alberta||Canada|
|6||King’s College London||UK|
|7||University of Michigan||US|
|8||University of Manchester||UK|
|9||University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill||US|
|10||University of California, San Francisco (UCSF)||US|
|UK universities in the QS world rankings for nursing||Ranking (out of 100)|
|King’s College London||6|
|University of Manchester||8|
|University of Southampton||14|
|University of Edinburgh||26|
|University of Nottingham||38|
|University of Sheffield||47|
|Queen’s University Belfast||51-100|
|University of East Anglia||51-100|
|University of Glasgow||51-100|
|University of Leeds||51-100|
|University of Surrey||51-100|