The Royal College of Music (RCM) has been ranked as the world’s leading performing arts institution, according to new global rankings.
London Conservatory, which was established in 1883, was named number one in the 2022 QS World University Rankings by Subject.
It is the first time it has held the top spot, overtaking the Juilliard School of New York which has held the position since 2016, when this categorization was first introduced.
Over the past six years, London College has been ranked first in the UK and also in Europe for four of those years.
The RCM was established by Royal Charter, with the Prince of Wales currently acting as President of the Conservatory.
Notable alumni of the institution include classical composers Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, Gustav Holst, Ralph Vaughan Williams, as well as musical theater star Alfie Boe and theater manager Lord (Andrew) Lloyd-Webber.
The Principal of the Royal College of Music, Professor Colin Lawson, said: “I am extremely proud of the whole RCM community.
“To be ranked as the world’s number one institution for the performing arts reflects the dedicated work of teaching staff, faculty and professional services staff, all of whom work tirelessly to ensure that RCM students receive the best opportunities. possible in an environment that closely mirrors the professional world.
“This result is a testament to our continued commitment to our talented students who choose to study at this world-renowned institution.”
Vienna University of Music and Performing Arts came second in the world rankings, while the Juilliard School took third place and the Paris Conservatoire fourth.
The Royal Conservatory of Scotland (RCS) was the second highest ranked British institution, ranking fifth in the world.
The QS rankings aim to measure “the strength and quality of teaching, the quality and output of research activity, the employability and international profile of the RCM”.
The rankings are compiled from the opinions of academics and employers and analysis of research findings and impact.
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