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Swansea University has risen to 298th in the QS World University Rankings 2025, placing Swansea in the top 300 for the first time and securing its highest-ever rank in the table.

The global league table by higher education analyst QS Quacquarelli Symonds ranks more than 1,500 leading global institutions across nine categories: academic reputation, citations per faculty, employment outcomes, employer reputation, faculty-student ratio, international faculty, international research network, international students, and sustainability.

Swansea’s rise of nine places into the top 300 has been largely driven by advancements in the academic reputation and international research network metrics, alongside significant progress in the sustainability metric.

In the academic reputation category, Swansea rose 33 places to 385th globally, while achieving a ranking of 286th in the international research network metric.

In the sustainability category, Swansea scored 91.8 out of 100, ranked 80th globally.

Professor Paul Boyle, Vice-Chancellor of Swansea University, said: "I am immensely proud of Swansea University's remarkable rise to 298th in the QS World University Rankings 2025, marking our first entry into the top 300 and our highest-ever ranking. This achievement is a testament to the incredible efforts of all of our colleagues.

“In our International Strategy 2020-2025, we set out to become a top 350 university, and surpassing that goal within the timeframe is an incredible achievement which marks a key milestone for us. Additionally, our outstanding performance in the sustainability metric highlights our commitment to impactful research and social responsibility. Together, these achievements reflect our unwavering dedication to academic excellence and our strategic vision for global engagement and sustainability.

"I am deeply grateful to all our staff for their hard work and dedication; their collective efforts have been instrumental in this remarkable achievement and advancing Swansea University's reputation globally."

Professor Judith Lamie, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for International, added: "This success reflects the dedication and teamwork of everyone at Swansea University. Our enhanced top-300 global ranking solidifies our standing as a premier destination for international students, highlighting our commitment to academic excellence, impactful research, and sustainability."

View the QS World University Rankings 2025 in full

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