LSE named top London university for 2nd year in a row

The Sunday Times named LSE the top university in London and third overall in the UK . Also ranked 2nd in the world by the Financial Times for its Masters in Management programs

LSE has, for the second year running, been named the top university in London by The Sunday Times University Guide 2007. The School is also ranked third in the UK overall. The 64-page guide was published with The Sunday Times this fall.

The guide says: “There are many who have achieved in the world of politics, business or academia who can trace their success to the years they spent at the LSE. Inspired by tuition from academics who are often familiar faces, if not household names, LSE students take their first steps to greatness in the debating chambers, cafes, bars – and even occasionally their seminar groups – during three or four years studying.

The LSE enjoys an international reputation in its specialist field. Its director Sir Howard Davies calls is the “leading social science institution in the world.” There is no “probably” about it. Politics and economics only tell half the story. Its pre-eminence in the social sciences extends to anthropology, sociology and social policy, social psychology, management, law and employment relations.
Fadhil Bakeer Markar, LSE Students' Union general secretary, said: “We are very pleased to have our academics', staff's and students' efforts recognised by the Sunday Times. LSE has a renowned reputation as a world class institution and we hope that our students continue to receive the best possible student experience.”

LSE Director Howard Davies said: “It is pleasing, once again, to be the highest ranked university in London, and third overall.”

In an additional set of rankings, LSE has been named joint second institution in the world - and top in the UK - for Masters in Management programs by the Financial Times this fall. LSE won its position for its MSc in Management, rising from eighth place in 2006. It is the only UK institution in the top 10.

The Financial Times Masters in Management ranking is an evaluation of pre-experience Masters programs offered by leading business schools. The survey was open to schools anywhere in the world that met the criteria set by the paper. 48 schools took part this year, and 40 are ranked. Respondents came from 82 countries. This is the third year the FT has published this ranking.
The Financial Times writes: “The main reason for this year's breakthrough is a substantial increase in salaries reported by its graduates - from an average of around €50,000 last year to €58,000 this year. No other school managed such a big year-on-year increase. The school also improved its showing in the areas of career progress, value for money and international mobility.
“Comments made by LSE alumni bear out the school's good rankings in areas of job prospects and salary. One praised the school's "accessibility to good employers in [the] financial services sector". While another commented quite simply: ‘I rate it high on return on investment.’”

Professor Saul Estrin, head of the Department of Management at LSE, said: "We are proud to be ranked the top management masters in the UK and to have risen from last year's ranking to place second overall. Our aim is to continue to deliver teaching programs that reflect the breadth of our knowledge to an international student body and it is pleasing to see that our graduates are able to take their learning into the workplace in such a beneficial way.”

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Professor Luis Garicano, LSE's Management Department, is profiled as the “professor to watch.” Click here for more.