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Sunderland named among world’s best ‘young’ universities

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Published on 03 July 2023

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The University of Sunderland is one of the world’s best young universities according to the Times Higher Education (THE) Young University Rankings 2023.
Sunderland has appeared in the latest edition of these rankings, listing the world’s best universities that are 50 years old or younger.
The table is based on the same performance indicators as the flagship THE World University Rankings, to assess research-intensive universities across all their core missions: teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook.
However, the weightings reflect the profile of missions of young universities, using 13 performance indicators to provide comprehensive and balanced comparisons, trusted by students, academics, university leaders, industry and governments. The rankings include institutions that were founded between 1973 and the present.
Sir David Bell, Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive of the University, said: “In recent years, the University of Sunderland has received several accolades, both nationally and internationally.
“Taken together, such markers of esteem tell a story of a university that is growing in strength and confidence, as well as being increasingly well regarded. For that, I pay tribute to the students and staff who make this such a special community in which to learn and work.”

Read the Young University Rankings 2023 methodology Young University Rankings 2023: methodology | Times Higher Education (THE)

The ranking comes on the back of a successful few years for the University. For the first time ever, Sunderland made it into the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings 2023. The University was ranked between 1,001-1,200 out of 1,799 Institutions across the world. The University scored particularly well in the International Outlook category, ranked 347th out of all global universities.
In the 2023 edition of the QS World University Rankings by Subject, the University was highlighted for best performance in Hospitality and Leisure Management, in which it ranks 101-150 globally and 11th in United Kingdom. The rankings, released by global higher education analyst QS Quacquarelli Symonds.
The result also comes after the University was ranked number 50th in the Guardian University Guide 2023 - a rise of 42 places compared to the previous year.
And in 2021, Sunderland was nominated for University of the Year in the Times Higher Education Awards in 2021, as well as being named University of the Year for social inclusion in The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021.