Published on 06/05/2021
Digital learning
  • Aston University has been ranked 65th in new global rankings
  • The Emerging rankings look at higher education institutions that have a strong focus on digital expertise
  • Teaching of transferable digital skills across the curriculum was also graded.

Aston University has been ranked 65th in new rankings which identify global institutions that are championing digital education worldwide. 

By considering that digital skills are not only for ‘tech professionals’  but are the ‘new normal’ in the corporate world, new rankings compiled by Emerging show which of the world’s universities appear to better prepare students to acquire cross-disciplinary digital skills and mindsets.

The last edition of the Global Employability University Ranking and Survey (GEURS), also produced by Emerging, showed that digitalisation has become one of the main drivers for employability, a trend that has been accelerated by the COVID-19 crisis. For students, developing a digital mindset and acquiring cross disciplinary digital skills is a must-have to become strong candidates for jobs post-graduation.

The new rankings list the top 150 universities which scored the most across six metrics covering the full scope of digital education. The ‘Digital Leaders’ project looks to give the professionals’ points of view on higher education. In total, 3,400 participants took part across nine countries. They were polled on things like computer, data science and AI degrees, as well as digital entrepreneurship and executive programmes.

Professor Ruth Ayres, Pro-Vice Chancellor for Education at Aston University, said:

“It is an honour to be recognised as one of the ‘Best Universities for Digital Learning’ in Emerging’s first set of rankings for the world’s Digital Leaders in Higher Education.”

“Such a global endorsement of the work we have been doing in digital education at Aston University gives us the assurance that we are one of the universities leading the way in preparing our students for their future employment, through the development and enhancement of their digital and technological skills.  This is an area that we will continue to build upon as we take forward the University’s new Education Strategy.”

Notes to Editors

Notes to Editors


Emerging is the long-time producer (since 2010) of the ‘Global Employability University Ranking’ (GEURS), the second most used ranking amongst employers, published by Times Higher Education (THE) since 2016.

About Aston University

Founded in 1895 and a University since 1966, Aston is a long established university led by its three main beneficiaries – students, business and the professions, and our region and society. Aston University is located in Birmingham and at the heart of a vibrant city and the campus houses all the university’s academic, social and accommodation facilities for our students. Professor Alec Cameron is the Vice-Chancellor & Chief Executive.

Aston University was named University of the Year 2020 by The Guardian and the University’s full time MBA programme has been ranked in the top 100 in the world in the Economist MBA 2021 ranking. The Aston MBA has been ranked 12th in the UK and 85th in the world. The University also has TEF Gold status in the Teaching Excellence Framework. 

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