The university has topped the ranking in Ireland, and now holds the 16th position in Europe and 52nd worldwide.
The CWTS Leiden Ranking 2015 ranked the 750 universities worldwide with the largest publication output in international scientific journals in the period 2010–2013.
The ranking system focuses on the quality of academic publications and uses a sophisticated set of bibliometric indicators to provide statistics on the scientific impact of universities and on universities’ involvement in scientific collaboration.
UCC President, Dr Michael Murphy warmly welcomed the news and suggested the growing sophistication of the ranking systems meant 'the traditional commercially-driven versions that reward old-age, great wealth and capital city location are being challenged by non-commercially driven systems that offer more comprehensive independent analysis.
"It is gratifying to see that the quality and performance of our academic and research staff at UCC is recognised."
Looking at the top 1% publications in their field, MIT, Harvard University and Caltech score highest in the worldwide section with UCC coming 52nd.
In the Europe category, The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine leads with Cambridge and Oxford Universities following and UCC coming in at 16th. In Ireland, UCC leads the Irish universities followed by TCD, NUIG and UCD.
UCC is one of the best-funded Universities in Ireland, with investment in research reaching almost €84 million in 2013/2014.
Professor Anita Maguire, Vice President for Research and Innovation said UCC's success was explained by a unique combination of world-leading researchers, internationally competitive research infrastructure, trans-disciplinary activity and extensive industrial partnership "that not only provides the bedrock for sustained success in the generation of non-exchequer income and the development of enterprise, but also provides the agility to rapidly respond to emerging areas of national and international strategic priority.”
UCC researchers now collaborate with over 700 of the world’s top Universities across 120 countries.
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