According to the Times Good University Guide rankings, the Top 5 universities in Wales are as follows:

Rank, Name, National Rank
1 Cardiff (26th)
2 Aberystwyth (46th)
3 Swansea (50th)
4 Bangor (55th)
5 UWIC Cardiff (76th)

Following are the top leading universities in Wales:
  • Cardiff University - highly regarded as the best university in Wales. It is ranked 26th in The Times 2010 and 33rd in Guardian university league table 2009.
  • University of Glamorgan - 12 of the University's teaching areas have been rated as "excellent" in independent assessments.
  • Swansea University -  it is listed as one of the top 500 universities in the World at 401 to 500 in the 2006 SJTU Academic Ranking of World Universities.
  • Bangor University - over half of the academic departments at Bangor received an "Excellent" rating for the quality of teaching.
  • Aberystwyth University - ranked 2nd in Wales after Cardiff University. Its Computer science department is ranked 17th in the UK, and 1st in Wales according to the resent Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) 2008.

  • University of Wales Institute, Cardiff - ranked as a Top 5 University in Wales by The Times. It was rated 7th of all 'new universities' across the UK in the RAE 2001. UWIC has students from more than 125 countries.

  • University of Wales, Newport - placed 83rd in The Independent Complete University Guide and 84th in Guardian in 2009.

  • University of Wales, Lampeter - the Department of Theology & Religious Studies at the University of Wales Lampeter was ranked 13th in the UK (Complete University Guide). According to the RAE 2008, the Research Institute for Theology & Religious Studies was rated 9th in the UK for its research strength by Research Fortnight magazine.

  • Glynd┼Ár University

  • Swansea Metropolitan University

  • Trinity University College

  • Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama

World University Ranking Tables

America - US News & World Report, The Princeton Review, BusinessWeek
Canada - Maclean's, Gourman Report Ranking of Canadian Universities
UK - Sunday Times, Guardian, Times Good University Guide, Daily Telegraph
World - Shanghai Jiao Tong ARWU Rankings, Webometrics, Newsweek
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