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Trinity College Dublin is Ranked 67th in the QS World University Rankings 2012

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Sep 11, 2012


Trinity College Dublin has been ranked in 67th place in the QS World University Rankings 2012 announced  today and subject to  the  global release of the world university rankings at a special QS international event hosted by the College.

Commenting on the announcement Provost, Dr Patrick Prendergast said:

“Today’s ranking confirms Trinity’s position as Ireland’s premier university, competing at the highest international level. We are proud that we continue to represent Ireland in the top 100 universities of the world despite the decrease in state funding for higher education in Ireland and the increased global competition. The continued increase in the impact of our research is particularly impressive with the highest score in the past three years.  The university has also achieved high scores in areas, including employer reputation reflective of the employability of our graduates globally, the university’s academic reputation and staff student ratio. This is a real testament of the quality of a Trinity education provided by our academic staff.”

“QS individual subject rankings published earlier this summer also placed Trinity College Dublin in the top 50 world university  in four subjects and top 100 ranking in a further fourteen areas.  They include English, Language & Literature in 14th place worldwide; 38th in History; 40th in Geography; and 45th globally in Politics & International Studies.”

“Notwithstanding these combined achievements, the cuts in funding and increased investments made by our global competition, continue to have a direct impact on the rankings.  With increasing numbers of students currently attending third level, there is a need for a corresponding number of staff.  The Government’s Employment Control Framework is negatively affecting the staff student ratio. The spend on a student in an Irish university is currently and has been historically well below its international counterparts.”

“Ireland deserves a university that is in the top 50 worldwide. We owe it to our country’s international standing to achieve this again, and we are determined to do so.”

“With the youngest demographic in Europe, Ireland is ideally placed to make excellent use of its strong tradition of excellence in education to drive economic recovery.  It’s one of the factors in our success in winning foreign direct investment. Almost one-third of recent research, development and innovation investments involved collaboration with Irish third level institutions and research institutes. “

“A world class university, however, requires resourcing at internationally competitive levels and for Trinity to sustain its position and increase further worldwide requires adequate investment in the university sector.”

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