The University of Sussex has been named the number one University in the world for Development Studies for the third consecutive year.

The results published by QS World University Rankings have kept Sussex in the top spot for four out of the past five years, with Sussex beating the likes of Harvard, Oxford, and Cambridge.

Sussex currently offers eight Undergraduate and more than 30 Masters development-focused courses, with two Masters degrees being offered jointly with  the Institute of Development Studies (IDS), with IDS offering a further 6 Masters degree and a PhD Research programme.

Sussex’s Development Studies also boast an impressive set of alumni, which include current Costa Rican President Carlos Alvarado Quesada, Chief Executive for Fairtrade International Harriet Lamb, and Festus Mogae, previous President of the Republic of Botswana.

Elizabeth Harrison, Head of the School of Global Studies, said of the ranking: “It’s fantastic that the excellent work in development studies carried out at Sussex and IDS has once again been recognised. Our concern for global inequalities and social justice is reflected in our wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses and in our world-class and engaged research.”

IDS Director Melissa Leach said: “Achieving the number one ranking for development studies for the third year running is testament to the strength of the Sussex and IDS partnership, and our fantastic and committed staff and students who continue to deliver the high-quality research and leadership needed to make the world a more equitable and sustainable place.”

Vice-Chancellor Adam Tickell said: “The unique relationship between the University of Sussex and IDS has established us as the world-leading centre for development studies.

“Our students and researchers are working around the world to address the major challenges of our time.”

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