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Top 500 ranking for UL according to the latest edition of world university rankings, climbing more than 100 places to 426 overall Top 500 ranking for UL according to the latest edition of world university rankings, climbing more than 100 places to 426 overall

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University of Limerick moves into top 500 in latest world university rankings

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Top 500 ranking for UL in latest world university rankings. University of Limerick Vice President Research Professor Norelee Kennedy and UL President Professor Kerstin Mey Picture: Arthur Ellis

Top 500 ranking for UL according to the latest edition of world university rankings

UL has significantly improved its position in the 2024 QS World University Rankings, climbing more than 100 places to a ranking of 426 overall.

The 2024 rankings encompass a comprehensive evaluation of the performance of the world’s top 1,503 universities, spanning 104 countries.

In the 2023 rankings, UL was placed within the range of 531-540.


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The QS World University Rankings have historically used six indicators: Academic and Employer Reputations; Citations per Faculty; Faculty/ Student ratio; International Faculty and Student ratios. A further three indicators have been introduced in the ratings for 2024 – International Research Network, Employer Outcomes and Sustainability.

These changes reflect the shifts in higher education that have occurred over the past two decades, such as the growing importance of sustainability, employability, and research collaborations.

Welcoming the announcement, Professor Norelee Kennedy, UL Vice President Research said: “This is a fantastic result for UL, and we are delighted to be ranked among the top 500 Universities in the world.

“Improving our ranking by over 100 places is testament to the hard work and dedication of the university faculty, staff and students and reflects UL’s improved performance in research and teaching.

“We are dedicated to continuing to improve our performance and to offer an outstanding experience for our current students and to attract the best talent to UL,” Professor Kennedy added.

The QS rating is the second time this month that UL’s ranking among the world’s top universities has improved.

The Times Higher Education Impact Rankings placed UL at 86 out of 1,591 institutions globally when it comes to delivering on the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The ranking examines a university’s performance against the SDGs across teaching, research, equality, internal culture, and the impact UL has in the wider society.

This was also an improvement on the previous set of results when UL was ranked in the 101-200 range out of a total of 1,400 institutions.

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