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King’s College London dental school scores highly in global ranking

By Dental Tribune UK
July 09, 2019

LONDON, UK/SHANGHAI, China: In a new global survey, King’s College London has been ranked fourth in the world in terms of dentistry and oral sciences research. The survey, conducted by Shanghai Ranking Consultancy, ranked King’s as the only European institution in the top ten and the only one located outside the US to have made it into the top eight.

These results continue an upward trend for King’s in the Shanghai Rankings. In 2017, the faculty was ranked seventh, and in 2018, it was ranked fifth.

Prof. Mike Curtis, Executive Dean of the Faculty of Dentistry, Oral and Craniofacial Sciences at King’s, said: “The faculty at King’s feels tremendously proud to increase our high standing in the Shanghai rankings. To be ranked fourth in world and the only institution from Europe in the top ten is a remarkable achievement which rewards the effort, dedication and expertise of a wide group of staff from multiple disciplines.”

“This recognition feels just reward for our focus on delivering excellence in dental education to both undergraduate and postgraduate students, and world-leading research activity in clinical dentistry and oral and craniofacial sciences. The success of the institution owes much to the collaborative working between our staff, our students and our administrative staff who have collectively earned this important accolade,” he continued.

As with previous years, American institutions dominated this year’s rankings, occupying the top three positions and eight of the top ten. The University of Michigan School of Dentistry, one of the oldest dental institutions in the world, took first place globally, ahead of the University of Washington School of Dentistry. The only other dental school besides King’s outside of the US to gain a place in the top ten was that of the University of São Paulo in Brazil, which was placed ninth.

Shanghai Ranking Consultancy is a fully independent organisation, which, in its own words, is dedicated to researching higher education intelligence and consultation. Since 2009, it has been the official publisher of the Academic Ranking of World Universities, which measures several indicators of 4,000 universities worldwide, including research quality and productivity, as well as the extent of international collaboration, the amount of research published in top journals and the number of significant academic awards the academic staff have received from professional organisations. It currently ranks 52 academic subjects in five categories. One of these categories is that of medical sciences, which includes both dentistry and oral sciences.

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