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Thursday, March 23, 2017

Dundee's Abertay University named best in Europe and in World Top 10 for games courses

Abertay University computer games courses have been ranked best in Europe for the third consecutive year by the prestigious Princeton Review.

Picture: Kathryn Rattray
The annual ranking, released today, placed Abertay as number one in Europe for undergraduate degrees and in the World Top 10 for postgraduate courses.

The accolade comes as the University celebrates 20 years since becoming the first to offer computers games courses in 1997, with a programme of celebrations already under way.
Both of Abertay’s rankings were an improvement on last year with the University moving up from 22nd to 19th in the global undergraduate table and 12th to 9th in postgraduate.

The University of Malta was the only other European institution to make either list, coming in at 23rd for postgraduate courses.

Professor Gregor White, Head of Abertay’s School of Arts, Media and Computer Games, said: “To be featured so highly in this prestigious ranking for a third consecutive year is testament to the hard work, dedication and excellence of my colleagues in the School and across the University.

“To make advances in both lists is an incredible achievement and is particularly pleasing in this anniversary year.”

The Princeton Review chose universities based on a survey it conducted in 2016 of 150 institutions offering game design coursework.

The 40-question survey asked universities to report on everything from their academic offerings and faculty credentials to their graduates’ starting salaries and employment experience.

Criteria examined also included the academics themselves, facilities, career services, and technology.

Robert Franek, The Princeton Review’s Editor in Chief said: “Game design is an exciting field and programs are springing up in colleges all over the world."

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