Kingston University has been named among the top 200 institutions in Europe for computer science in the prestigious annual QS World University Rankings.
The newly-released 2017 QS subject league tables ranked the University’s computer science courses in the 351–400 category worldwide – placing them among the best 50 in the United Kingdom.
The international recognition comes at an exciting time for the Faculty of Science, Engineering and Computing, which recently opened a state-of-the-art facility that will give its computer science students a perfect platform to launch their industry careers.
The University has invested £53,000 to create the Centre for Augmented and Virtual Reality Environments – more familiarly known as the CAVE – at its Penrhyn Road campus. It gives students access to a treasure trove of equipment such as virtual reality headsets that can transport the wearer into an immersive alternative environment and equipment that tracks eye movements and brain activity to monitor how much someone is enjoying playing a game.
The CAVE, which complements the University’s newly-redesigned games lab, creates a cutting edge working space where undergraduate, postgraduate and research students from a variety of courses can collaborate.
Faculty Dean Professor Mike Sutcliffe said the latest recognition reflected the ambition shown by the University in its investments in computer science, which forms part of a commitment to ensuring graduates from the Faculty join the workplace with the cutting edge knowledge and skills to make a real contribution in their field.
“These rankings reiterate the role we see the University’s computer scientists playing, right at the heart of the digital revolution – empowering the society in which we live, and inspiring and enabling the next generation,” Prof Sutcliffe said.
Widely regarded as being one of the most authoritative international university league tables, the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2017 covers a total of 46 disciplines – highlighting the world’s top-performing institutions in each academic area. Research citations, along with the results of major global surveys of employers and academics, are used to compile the annual rankings.
In September, of the more than 20,000 universities worldwide around 3,800 were chosen by QS for further study and 900 made it to the final list for subsequent ranking. Kingston was rated the 52nd best university in the United Kingdom, and globally at 62 for international students and 213 for international faculty – measures which assess how successful a university is in attracting students and academics from other countries. Employers also rated the University 284th worldwide, placing it in the top 10 per cent of institutions perceived to be producing the best graduates.