Scotland leads the universities table

The SNP has welcomed Scotland’s on-going academic success story with three universities in the world’s top 100 universities, which is proportionately more than any other country in the world.

The QS university rankings, published today, show Scotland academically punching above its weight with the University of Edinburgh in 21st position, the University of Glasgow in 56th spot and the University of St Andrews in 93rd place.

Joan McAlpine MSP, member of the Education and Culture Committee at the Scottish Parliament, said that this achievement was backed up by Scotland’s commitment to free student tuition and investment in higher education.

She said:

“Scotland has a proud tradition of higher education and today’s university rankings show we’re still punching above our weight on the world stage.

“It is a credit to The Scottish Government’s cast iron commitment to the highest standards and fairest possible access to higher education that Scotland leads the world in terms of Universities.

“In Scotland we are committed to delivering first class higher education based on the ability to learn – not the ability to pay.

“That is a principle which we firmly committed itself to, which is why we abolished back-door tuition fees in Scotland when we came to power in 2007.

“Young Scots and their families can be rest assured that the SNP will never introduce tuition fees for the people of Scotland. Labour must now commit themselves to free university tuition or face the charge that they are no better than the Tories and Lib Dems on this issue.

“A successful economy is a well-educated economy. It is in all our interests to ensure that as many people as possible have the opportunity to access higher education, which is what makes the actions of successive UK Governments an absolute tragedy.”