Imperial College London

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Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine
motto Scientia imperii decus et tutamen
founding July 8, 1907
Sponsorship state
place London , UKUnited KingdomUnited Kingdom 
president Alice guest
Students 14,735
Employee 8,000
Annual budget 1.3 billion US $ (2015/2016)
Networks LERU , Russell Group

The Imperial College London (full name: The Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine ) is a corporation founded in 1907 Institute of Technology and University in London . It is one of the most research-intensive and renowned universities in the world. Graduates and faculty include 15  Nobel Prize winners , 3  Fields Medalists , 74 Fellows from the Royal Society and 84 Fellows from the Royal Academy of Engineering .

The university regularly achieves top positions in various ratings for academic institutions; in the QS World University Ranking 2014/15 it was ranked 1st in the United Kingdom and 2nd in a global comparison, both on a par with the University of Cambridge . There are three faculties : engineering, science and medicine, complemented by a business school , the Imperial College Business School. It is also one of the six Golden Triangle universities . Alice Gast is the president.


Entrance portal of Imperial College, London

It was founded in 1907 through a merger of the City and Guilds College , the Royal School of Mines and the Royal College of Science .

At the end of the last century, the medical faculties of St Mary's Hospital (1988), the National Heart and Lung Institute (1995) and the medical faculties of Charing Cross and Westminster (1997) merged to form the Imperial College School of Medicine . On August 1, 2000, Wye College and the Kennedy Institute of Rheumatology merged with the college. The Kennedy Institute became a section of the medical school and Wye College is now known as the Imperial College Wye Campus.

The traditional graduation ceremony of all Imperial students of a year takes place in the Royal Albert Hall .

Imperial College is one of the supporting organizations of the Francis Crick Institute .

Ranking and reputation

In the Times Higher Education World University Ranking , the University is ranked 10 worldwide in 2020. In the subcategory Medicine , the University is the world's number four in the computer science at No. 7, in the engineering sciences in 11th place in the natural sciences in 11th place , 16th in the life sciences and 23rd in the 2020 reputation ranking.

In the Financial Times Rankings, the Faculty of Economics (Imperial College Business School) ranks 18th in the European Business Schools category. The MSc in Management Program achieved 1st place in Great Britain in the 2011 Financial Times Management Ranking and is ranked 13th worldwide. In the FT MBA Ranking, ICBS is ranked 37th and 4th in the Entrepreneurship specialization. The MSc in Finance Program ranks 8th in the 2011 FT Rankings worldwide . ICBS came 14th in the Bloomberg Businessweek Rankings for European Business Schools.

In the QS World University Rankings (2010), Imperial College London is ranked 7th worldwide. In the subcategory medicine and life sciences , the university is ranked 11th, in engineering and IT it is ranked 6th and in the natural sciences it is ranked 11th worldwide. According to the Shanghai Ranking (2010) of the Chinese Jiaotong University in Shanghai, the university ranks fourth in Europe.

According to the British Research Assessment Excercise (2008), which is carried out every 5 years and decides on the allocation of financial contributions from public institutions to universities, 73% of the publications at Imperial College London were rated as `` world leaders '' (4 *) or `` excellent '' internationally '(3 *) classified. This is the highest proportion of multi-faculty universities in any of the UK.

According to the Higher Education Statistics Agency and the Sunday Times , Graduates from the Department of Computing at Imperial College London in 2008 received, on average, the highest starting salaries of any IT graduate and the second highest starting salaries of any graduate in any institution and discipline in the UK.


The Queen's Tower in the center of the South Kensington campus

Imperial's main campus is located in the posh London borough of South Kensington, in an area known as the Albertopolis because of its high density of cultural and academic institutions . The Natural History Museum , Science Museum , Victoria and Albert Museum , Royal College of Music , Royal College of Art and the world-famous Royal Albert Hall are all in the vicinity . The South Kensington campus is just 100 meters from Hyde Park . Practically every building can be reached via the Main Walkway, the central path through the densely populated campus. The junior or senior common room (comparable to a cafeteria for undergraduates or postgraduates and employees) and various shops are also located here.

Other university campuses are in Silwood Park (near Ascot ) and in Wye (near Ashford in Kent ).

New buildings

The Imperial College Business School

A donation of around 40 million euros by alumnus Gary Tanaka in 2000 enabled the construction of a new building for the Management School, now known as the Imperial College Business School . Like the new building for life sciences and the central administration building, it was designed by the architect Norman Foster . The business school is now regarded as the imposing main entrance to the South Kensington campus; it was opened in 2004 by Queen Elizabeth II .

West Imperial

In 2014, the then Mayor of London, Boris Johnson , approved the expansion of Imperial College to include White City. Funds worth over a billion euros were spent on the construction of the West Imperial, which has already been partially opened. Another donation of around 45 million euros from alumnus Michael Uren enables the establishment of a bio center on the new campus.



The Imperial is divided into three faculties and five departments.

Faculty of Engineering
Aeronautics, bioengineering, chemical engineering, civil engineering, computer science, geosciences and geoengineering, electrical engineering, materials science, mechanical engineering
Imperial College Business School
divided into the research and teaching areas: Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Organization and Management, Finance, Healthcare Management
Faculty of Science
divided into: Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics, Life Sciences (biology, cell and molecular biology , molecular life sciences), Center for Environmental Policy
Faculty of Medicine
Institute of Clinical Sciences, Imperial Cancer Research UK Center, Department of Medicine, National Heart & Lung Institute, School of Public Health, Department of Surgery and Cancer, Singapore medical schoolm, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, various teaching hospitals in and around London, for Example the Epsom Hospital
Graduate School of Engineering and Physical Sciences
Graduate School of Life Sciences and Medicine
Center for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine
School of Professional Development


In 2006 the World Memory Championship took place at Imperial College .

In 2013, Chinese President Xi Jinping visited Imperial College to sign bilateral agreements with Tsinghua University .

Imperial College London operates the DreamLab volunteer computer app .

See also

Web links

Commons : Imperial College London  - Collection of pictures, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

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