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The resilience of the UK’s universities in the face of Brexit

Who would have believed it ? According to the prestigious 2018 QS world university rankings, UK universities top the world rankings in 10 different subject areas, but engineering and technology subjects are falling behind the arts and humanities. The rankings suggest that the UK universities are stronger in arts than sciences. Seven UK universities lead the world rankings in 10 areas, with the University of Oxford top of the list for four subjects: anatomy and physiology, archaeology, English language and literature and geography. The University of Cambridge is ranked as best in the world for anthropology, after failing to land a top spot for any subjects last year. The Royal College of Art is the world leader for art and design, with UCL Institute of Education ranked first for education. The results show the good performance of the UK’s universities despite Brexit. Ben Sowter, research director at QS, said: “Though there are still legitimate concerns about the type of relationship that the UK’s universities will have with, say, EU research programmes and student mobility frameworks post-Brexit, these results offer grounds for optimism.”

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