Northern Ireland has some of the top leading universities in the UK:

Queen's University Belfast (QUB)
- 11 subject areas ranked within the top 10 in the UK and 24 in the top 20.
- a member of the Russell Group of the UK's twenty leading research intensive universities.
- 88th out of the top 150 universities in Europe in the Times Higher-QS World University rankings 2007.
- 36th nationally in the Sunday Times University Ranking 2007.
- 21st nationally in the RAE Ranking by Research Power.

Open University
- voted top university in England and Wales for student satisfaction.
- ranked in the top five of UK universities for the quality of teaching.

University of Ulster
- Ulster is a plate glass university, rated 51st in the UK, according to the Independent Complete University Guide 2009.
- 75th out of 117 UK institutions in the Guardian University Guide 2010.
- 9th in the UK for nursing programmes (Times Good University Guide 2010).
- 22nd for Hospitality; Leisure; Sport; Recreation and Tourism Programs, 29th for Art and Design, and 30th for Drama, Dance and Cinematics (The Times 2009).
- 44th for Computer Sciences and IT (Guardian 2009).
- 38th in the 2008 RAE Ranking by Research Power.
- Biomedical Sciences department was awarded a 5* ratings in the RAE 2001.

List of universities & colleges in Northern Ireland:
  • Open University in Ireland
  • Queen's University Belfast
  • University of Ulster
  • Belfast Metropolitan College
  • Northern Regional College
  • North West Regional College
  • Southern Regional College
  • South Eastern Regional College
  • South West College
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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