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Times Higher Education has produced a student-focused ranking to determine the best universities for teaching across Europe.
Instead of placing a focus on research output and quality, as many international university rankings do, the 2019 Europe Teaching Rankings determines the best universities for teaching quality and learning opportunities for students.
One of the key components of the ranking was THE's European Student Survey, taken by 125,000 university students in 18 countries across Europe. Students rated their university on a scale of zero to 10 across a number of aspects of their university life, including collaborative learning, critical thinking and application of learning to the real world.
The Student Survey accounted for 45 per cent of the university’s final scores and fed into six of the 14 performance indicators used to rank the institutions. To view the full methodology and all of the questions asked in the Student Survey click here.
The top five of the Europe Teaching Rankings is dominated by UK universities, with the University of St Andrews respectively.
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Top five universities in Europe for teaching
1. University of Oxford, UK
Regularly ranking highly in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings, the University of Oxford is well known for providing high-quality teaching and learning.
International students make up approximately 43 per cent of the student body, coming from the USA, China, Singapore, France, Germany and Italy, among other nations.
The university is split into a collegiate structure with 38 separate colleges, each with its own unique identity and history.
Because of its strong reputation within the higher education sector, the university has a competitive admissions stream, with approximately six applications per university place. Students are able to specify their college of choice or leave it open in their application. Students will then be allocated a college based on their individual interests and strengths. Prospective students are invited for an interview that is known to test a student’s knowledge of their chosen subject and their critical thinking skills.
2. University of Cambridge, UK
In second place is the University of Cambridge, also located in the UK. At more than 800 years old, the institution has become a true hallmark of the high-quality higher education that Europe can offer.
Like Oxford, Cambridge follows a collegiate structure with 31 separate colleges that are governed by the teaching staff attached to those colleges. Students are encouraged to socialise and spend time in their own colleges.
In the European Student Survey, the university scored very highly on access to learning materials. This includes libraries (of which there are more than 100, housing more than 15 million books), labs and online material.
3. University of Navarra, Spain
The University of Navarra has six campuses in Pamplona, San Sebastian, Madrid, Barcelona, Munich and New York City. The main campus is in Pamplona.
The university initially started as a law school and has now expanded to include 14 faculties, two university schools, 17 institutes, a business school, and other centres and institutions.
The university also runs a teaching hospital where medical professionals treat more that 100,000 patients a year as well carrying out medical research.
Student experience in Europe
4. UCL, UK
UCL was established in 1826, originally under the name London University. It then became University College, London in 1836 and is now mostly referred to as UCL.
The university is primarily located in Bloomsbury, central London. A number of other buildings are dotted around the city, as well as a new campus in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in east London, which is known as UCL East.
Admissions to the university are highly selective, with many prospective students expected to receive the highest grades in their school exams to gain entry.
5. University of St Andrews, UK
The University of St Andrews is the oldest university in Scotland and is the third oldest university in the UK , after the universities of Oxford and Cambridge.
Over 900 degree courses are now offered at the university, organised across four faculties: arts, divinity, medicine, and science.
It was one of the first universities in the UK to admit female students back in 1892.
Top 100 universities in Europe for teaching excellence
|Europe Teaching Rank 2019||Europe Teaching Rank 2018||World University rank 2019||University||Country|
|1||1||1||University of Oxford||United Kingdom|
|2||2||2||University of Cambridge||United Kingdom|
|3||8||251–300||University of Navarra||Spain|
|5||15||165||University of St Andrews||United Kingdom|
|6||13||38||King’s College London||United Kingdom|
|7||16||=146||Lancaster University||United Kingdom|
|8||4||=79||University of Warwick||United Kingdom|
|=9||6||78||University of Bristol||United Kingdom|
|=9||14||29||University of Edinburgh||United Kingdom|
|=9||7||57||University of Manchester||United Kingdom|
|12||20||145||University of Barcelona||Spain|
|13||NR||26||London School of Economics and Political Science||United Kingdom|
|=14||=11||9||Imperial College London||United Kingdom|
|=14||18||=149||University of Nottingham||United Kingdom|
|16||=9||119||University of York||United Kingdom|
|17||24||130||Queen Mary University of London||United Kingdom|
|=18||=22||351–400||Autonomous University of Madrid||Spain|
|=18||31||=93||University of Glasgow||United Kingdom|
|=20||30||62||University of Amsterdam||Netherlands|
|=20||=34||141||University of Exeter||United Kingdom|
|22||=11||106||University of Sheffield||United Kingdom|
|23||=9||=171||Newcastle University||United Kingdom|
|=24||NR||=123||Radboud University Nijmegen||Netherlands|
|=24||NR||166||Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam||Netherlands|
|26||39||=79||University of Groningen||Netherlands|
|27||37||=181||University of Liverpool||United Kingdom|
|28||NR||251–300||University of Southern Denmark||Denmark|
|29||19||201–250||University of Barcelona||Spain|
|=30||=26||=153||University of Leeds||United Kingdom|
|=30||=22||=161||University of Sussex||United Kingdom|
|32||29||=114||Durham University||United Kingdom|
|=35||51-75||501–600||University of Lisbon||Portugal|
|=37||32||=187||Cardiff University||United Kingdom|
|=37||51-75||120||Trinity College Dublin||Republic of Ireland|
|=39||=50||401–500||Claude Bernard University Lyon 1||France|
|=39||40||251–300||University of Essex||United Kingdom|
|42||33||201–250||University of Reading||United Kingdom|
|=43||44||201–250||University of Bath||United Kingdom|
|45||NR||201–250||Copenhagen Business School||Denmark|
|46||51-75||=190||University of East Anglia||United Kingdom|
|47||51-75||601–800||Carlos III University of Madrid||Spain|
|=48||=34||401–500||Loughborough University||United Kingdom|
|=48||21||118||University of Southampton||United Kingdom|
|=48||=47||301–350||University College Cork||Republic of Ireland|
|51-75||51-75||158||University of Aberdeen||United Kingdom|
|51-75||51-75||351–400||Aberystwyth University||United Kingdom|
|51-75||51-75||501–600||University of Aveiro||Portugal|
|51-75||25||=116||University of Birmingham||United Kingdom|
|51-75||NR||180||University of Bologna||Italy|
|51-75||76-100||401–500||Complutense University of Madrid||Spain|
|51-75||76-100||601–800||Coventry University||United Kingdom|
|51-75||38||=123||University of Göttingen||Germany|
|51-75||=47||351–400||University of Kent||United Kingdom|
|51-75||51-75||=167||University of Leicester||United Kingdom|
|51-75||76-100||501–600||University of Limerick||Republic of Ireland|
|51-75||51-75||=123||University of Mannheim||Germany|
|51-75||NR||NR||University of Paris||France|
|51-75||51-75||301–350||Polytechnic University of Milan||Italy|
|51-75||76-100||601–800||Polytechnic University of Valencia||Spain|
|51-75||42||=135||Pompeu Fabra University||Spain|
|51-75||43||401–500||University of Porto||Portugal|
|51-75||76-100||201–250||Queen’s University Belfast||United Kingdom|
|51-75||101-125||601–800||University of Rennes 1||France|
|51-75||51-75||251–300||Royal Holloway, University of London||United Kingdom|
|51-75||51-75||351–400||University of Siena||Italy|
|51-75||45||251–300||University of Surrey||United Kingdom|
|51-75||51-75||=44||Technical University of Munich||Germany|
|76-100||51-75||601–800||University of Alcalá||Spain|
|76-100||76-100||351–400||Aston University||United Kingdom|
|76-100||76-100||301–350||University of Bayreuth||Germany|
|76-100||NR||601–800||University of Beira Interior||Portugal|
|76-100||76-100||401–500||Brunel University London||United Kingdom|
|76-100||76-100||351–400||City, University of London||United Kingdom|
|76-100||41||201–250||University of Dundee||United Kingdom|
|76-100||NR||NR||ESIC Business and Marketing School||Spain|
|76-100||NR||401–500||University of Jyväskylä||Finland|
|76-100||76-100||501–600||Keele University||United Kingdom|
|76-100||126-150||189||University of Konstanz||Germany|
|76-100||=50||601–800||University of Minho||Portugal|
|76-100||76-100||601–800||Trent University||United Kingdom|
|76-100||126-150||801–1000||Pablo de Olavide University||Spain|
|76-100||76-100||501–600||Sorbonne University – Paris 1||France|
|76-100||101-125||401–500||University of Pavia||Italy|
|76-100||NR||301–350||University of Pisa||Italy|
|76-100||101-125||501–600||Polytechnic University of Catalonia||Spain|
|76-100||51-75||401–500||University of Portsmouth||United Kingdom|
|76-100||NR||NR||Ramon Llull University||Spain|
|76-100||101-125||601–800||University of Salamanca||Spain|
|76-100||76-100||351–400||University of Stirling||United Kingdom|
|76-100||=47||401–500||University of Strathclyde||United Kingdom|
|76-100||101-125||251–300||Swansea University||United Kingdom|
|76-100||76-100||401–500||University of Valencia||Spain|
|76-100||51-75||601–800||University of Zaragoza||Spain|