Auckland University and AUT climb in global university ranking

A Reuters file

A Reuters file

The Indian Institute of Science tops the Indian universities on the list but now shares this position with the Indian Institute of Technology - Ropar, after the former dropped into the 301-350 bracket (from the 251-300 cohort last year).

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

"Future editions of the World University Rankings will most likely reveal intense competition, and while European and American institutions face significant hurdles, Chinese and other Asian universities have challenges of their own they must meet".

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. "A similar fall next year would mean that no university in Ireland would be ranked in the top 200 by Times Higher Education", the university said.

The University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa maintained its stellar showing in the 2020 Times Higher Education World University Rankings released September 11. The University of Cambridge, Stanford University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology each fell by one place to third, fourth and fifth respectively.

The University of Auckland has again been ranked number 1 in New Zealand.

Ellie Bothwell, THE rankings editor, said: "India has a huge amount of potential in global higher education, given its rapidly growing youth population and economy and use of English-language instruction". The Indian government has strong ambitions to boost the global standing of its top universities and attract foreign students, academics and research collaboration. The universities are judged according to several criteria including teaching, research, citations, industry income and global outlook in terms of staff, students and research. Interestingly, IIT-Bombay has retained its position in 401-500 group, with IIT-Delhi and Kharagpur entering the same bracket, improving their ranking. USA institutions saw a slight drop in their average ranking overall. Likewise, Brazil overtook Italy and Spain with 46 institutions, while Japan extends its lead over the United Kingdom, gaining seven new entrants to Britain's two. "It must also be stated, however, that the traditional Anglo-American powerhouses will not be displaced at the top of our rankings easily".

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