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The King's College London Dental Institute was ranked seventh best dental school globally in the survey. (Photograph courtesy of King's College London, UK))
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UK dental schools come out on top in global ranking

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LONDON, UK/SHANGHAI, China: In a new global survey, four schools in the UK have been ranked as some of the world’s top institutions for dental education. Among the top 35 dental schools worldwide, as ranked by ShanghaiRanking Consultancy, were departments from the University of Birmingham, the University of Manchester, the University College London and King’s College London (KCL) whose Dental Institute was ranked seventh—the highest of all the UK-based institutions.

In a similar survey published by QS World University Rankings in London last year, KCL was ranked among the four best dental schools in the world. According to the institute’s executive dean, Professor Mark Woolford, these new results reaffirm the institution’s position as a world-class institution and reflect the dedication, commitment and innovation of their academic and professional staff, students and alumni.

“King’s places great importance on the research carried out in the Dental Institute,” Woolford commented. “It is the clear top dental school for research outside North America using metrics that are based on measurable outcomes.”

“I am very pleased the work of many colleagues receives the recognition it so richly deserves,” he said.

Based in Shanghai, China, 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 faculty receives from professional organisations. They currently rank 52 academic subjects in five categories, including medicine, which comprises both dentistry and oral sciences.

This year’s ranking of dental schools saw an overwhelming dominance of American institutions, with eight out of ten of the highest-ranked schools based in the US. Besides the KCL Dental Institute, the only other dental school not based in the UK that was ranked in the top ten, was the University of Sao Paolo in Brazil. In addition to the UK, Brazil, the Netherlands and Canada saw a significant number of their dental schools ranked high in the survey. The University of Michigan School of Dentistry, which is also one of the oldest dental institutions in the world, was named the top school globally.

For more information on the rankings, visit http://www.shanghairanking.com/Shanghairanking-Subject-Rankings/dentistry-oral-sciences.html.

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