The University of Manchester is listed as the 33rd best institution in the world in the latest Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU).
This is an improvement on last year’s ranking and is the institution's highest ever position. It also sees the University maintain its position as the 6th best in the UK.
Launched in 2003, the ARWU ranks more than 1,200 universities, with the top 500 being published. World universities are ranked using six indicators, including number of alumni and staff winning Nobel Prizes and Fields Medals, the number of highly cited researchers selected by Clarivate Analytics, and the number of articles published in the journals Nature and Science.
This year’s ranking is the best-yet for the University since it was established in 2004, following the merger of Victoria University of Manchester and UMIST, when it ranked 78th.
The ARWU ranking follows a number of similar successes for the University, such as its top-ten placement in this year’s THE Europe Teaching Rankings, and its highest ever position in this year’s QS World University Rankings.
The ARWU is published annually by the Shanghai Ranking Consultancy, after initially being launched by Shanghai Jiao Tong, a public research university based in Shanghai, China.