Indian universities draw a blank in THE’s top 300 list

Tsinghua University in Beijing

A total of 56 Indian institutes are among thousand world-class universities this year.

TCD is the only Irish representative in the top 200 universities as UCD, Queens University Belfast and the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland ranked between 201 and 250 - with the remaining Irish colleges ranking lower than that.

The Times Higher Education World University rankings are published annually and measure and compare the performance of institutions from around the world using a variety of measurements.

The number one position has been retained by Oxford University, while this year's second position has been grabbed by the California Institute of Technology.

But, there has been an increase in the number of universities being represented in the list this year. The universities are judged according to several criteria including teaching, research, citations, industry income and worldwide outlook in terms of staff, students and research.

The global rank of IISc, country's premiere research institute, has declined to 301-350 from 251-300.

More Indian education institutions figured in the latest global ranking released on Wednesday, but the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), which was the only Indian entry in the top 300 past year, slipped into the 301-350 group due to a "significant fall" in its research citation impact.

"The best Indian institutions are generally characterized by relatively strong scores for teaching environment and industry income, but perform poorly when it comes to global outlook in comparison to both regional and worldwide counterparts", THE said.

Among new entries from India, the Institute of Chemical Technology in Mumbai and IIT Gandhi Nagar have made it to the top 501-600 group.

There's no improvement in the ranking of IIT Bombay.

"It now needs to back up these aspirations with high levels of investment - or risk declining further amid increasing global competition, especially from other parts of Asia,"Bothwell said". United States institutions saw a slight drop in their average ranking overall.

There are estimated to be more than 26,000 universities in the world. Mainland China now hosts the top two universities in Asia with Tsinghua, the leader from continent at 23rd place and Peking at 24th overtaking the National University of Singapore.

AUT climbed 50 places in the 2020 rankings.

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