The 2019 QS World University Subject Rankings, published recently, listed institutions across four key indicators of performance. The Agriculture and Forestry table demonstrated that Harper Adams University continues to excel in the area of employer reputation. In two of the indicators, based on research citations, the University made significant gains in performance.
For an institution focussed on applied research this is a positive step and one on which the University will continue to build.
In the measure of employer reputation, however, the University was, for the second time in two years, placed first in the UK and second in the world. The employer reputation indicator, based on survey responses from employers around the globe, clearly demonstrates the way in which the University works with industry to positive effect – from joint research projects to student industry placements and from knowledge exchange activities such as industry short courses to the scholarship support for our students generously provided by a large number of companies.
Top of the employer reputation table this year was Agro Paris Tech, a Grand Ecole offering postgraduate courses in the life sciences, which also provides internships for its students in laboratories and companies.
Commenting on the QS subject ranking, Vice-Chancellor, Dr David Llewellyn, said: “This is a fantastic result for Harper Adams which demonstrates the strong relationship we have with industry, not only in research but across our educational activities.
“To be amongst the very best in the world on this measure is not only good for the University and its students, but it is also positive news for the UK as the nation moves ahead with its departure from the EU.
“We work hard to make sure our teaching and research are world-leading and our staff and students are to be congratulated on this great outcome. We also trust that the Government will recognise that higher education institutions do not always need to be large to compete on the world stage, and that smaller, specialist universities have a critical role to play, in a diverse higher education sector, in delivering outstanding results.”