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Durham University is delighted to be recognised in the World's Top 25 in a survey of 5,000 employers in business and industry sectors from across the globe which forms part of  the QS World University Rankings 2010. 

This assessment recognises the quality of and demand for Durham University graduates and ranks us ahead of top Ivy League institutions in the US, including Princeton University, as well as larger international universities including the University of Sydney and Hong Kong University.

Durham ranked in the world's top 100 in the QS' comprehensive international rankings guide, following successive top 6 rankings in UK league tables where Durham has cemented its standing as the UK's leading university outside of Oxford, Cambridge and London. In many cases we lead the UK in terms of graduate employment, student satisfaction and the quality of our research. Furthermore, the distinctive dual-education delivered by our Colleges and Departments, our heritage and culture, and our beautiful University estate, which includes the World Heritage Site of Durham Cathedral and Castle, sets us apart from so many other international universities.

Durham University Vice-Chancellor, Professor Chris Higgins said: "Whilst we are very pleased to be recognised in the top 100 of the world's elite higher education institutions, as an established international university Durham's strategy outlines our ambition to be in the world's top 50 by 2020.

"Durham University is a rich, global community of scholars and boasts the highest percentage of international staff of any UK university. We are recognised worldwide as the only university to live in, work in and conserve a world heritage site and  for the distinctive dual-education we deliver through our departments and colleges. The impact of our research already reaches across the globe and is internationally-leading across many academic fields, including, for example, in cosmology and space science where we're ranked first in Europe and 4th in the world."