UCC ranked in top 50 universities for teaching and learning in Europe

The UCC mace. Photo: Tomás Tyner, UCC

University College Cork (UCC) has been ranked in the top 50 universities for teaching and learning according to new rankings released today.

The Times Higher Education Europe Teaching Rankings measured student teaching, learning environments and student outcomes at 250 universities in eight European countries.

The Rankings aimed to compare like with like so only universities that were classified as from a ‘developed economy’ by the United Nations were included.

The performance indicators were grouped into four key areas:

  • Engagement-does the institution effectively engage with its students?
  • Resources– does the institution have the capacity to effectively deliver teaching?
  • Outcomes– does the institution generate appropriate outputs for students?
  • Environment– is the teaching and learning environment inclusive?
  • UCC welcomed the announcement and said the high student retention and employment rates were a testament to the university's investment in providing the best education.

    According to UCC, first-year retention rates were 93.4% for the academic year 2017/2018 which was on a par with elite third-level institutions in the US, while employment rates of its graduates, including those in further study were at "an historic high" at 94% and 95% at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

    “We’re an acknowledged centre of academic excellence in both learning and teaching, and we aim to make a significant, sustainable and responsible contribution to Ireland and its people,” said Professor Patrick O’Shea, President of University College Cork.

    “The University prepares world-ready and work-ready graduates and adds to the attractiveness of Cork and Ireland as a place in which to live, work and to do business.”

    Phil Baty, Editorial Director Global Rankings at Times Higher Education, said: “These rankings can become a powerful counter-balance to the dominance of research in traditional global rankings and will provide a much needed fresh perspective on excellence.”

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