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Rankings reveal best places to study nursing around the world

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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”

Ben Sowter

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.

QS Intelligence Unit

First global university rankings for nursing released

Ben Sowter

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 InstitutionCountry
 1 University of Pennsylvania  US
 2 Johns Hopkins University  US
 3 University of Toronto Canada
 4 University of Alberta  Canada
 5 Karolinska Institute  Sweden
 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 nursingRanking (out of 100)
King’s College London 6
University of Manchester 8
University of Southampton 14
University of Edinburgh 26
University of Nottingham 38
Ulster University 41
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 

 

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  • Well done Manchester

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  • Having studied at Kings College London, I do not agree with it's ranking at all. It's way too focused on academics and not enough on doing the actual job.

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  • Well done Southampton!

    @Anonymous 3.08: l suspect they are using academic criteria, & not focusing on the more practical aspects.

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  • other we go....it is only the beginning of the professional journey with a lot of travelling and exploration ahead. Do we really have to do performance boards.

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  • Simon Rowland

    Congratulations to all 12 UK universities for achieving a Top 100 position in the university rankings. And especially well done to King's College London and the University of Manchester.

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  • More important is the end product of these institutions and the ability to produce the best nurses.

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  • More important is the end product of these institutions which has the ability to produce the best nurses.

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  • They are some really good universities that have produced the best nurses that have not made the list. I wonder weather the students were involved in this selection or if was just based on the curriculum.

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  • I note that the list does not include any of the countries from which nurses are being actively recruited, by the NHS. Am I the only one who finds that a tad worrying?

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