Phenomenal Achievement by IIT Indore on its debut
By claiming 49 places this year, India has enhanced its presence in final world university rankings which is released recently up from 42 last year. The Indian Institute of Technology Indore (IIT Indore) becomes India’s second highest ranked university in what was described as an impressive debut entry by the annual ‘Times Higher Education World University Rankings’, – and a global top 400 institution – with its strong scoring for research volume and impact. From the 351-400 rankings band to the 401-500 group, It overtakes IIT Bombay, which slips out of it.
Followed by IITs Indore, India’s highest ranked institution remains the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) in Bangalore Bombay and Roorkee with Jagadguru Sri Shivarathreeswara University from Karnataka making a debut this year to complete the country’s top five.
For ‘Times Higher Education’, Phil Baty, Editorial Director of Global Rankings said: “India’s bursting with innovation and ambition – the nation has serious potential to grow into a leading player in global higher education. But while it increases its presence again in this year’s table, the majority of its universities remains immobile or decline, struggling against increased global competition – particularly from East Asia. “To attract leading global talent, Sustained investment, a continued drive and a strengthened international outlook will be key to boosting its global reputation and research influence. Its current higher education reforms could be key to helping institutions progress would be.”
For a third consecutive year, on the overall global charts, Oxford University claims the first position. While Stanford in the US is holding steady at third Cambridge University retains the second spot. From last year’s joint third position, The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) raises one place to number four, but the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) drops to number five. At eighth, Yale is the highest riser in the global top 20, scaling four places to join the top 10.
Listed in the top 40, the city of London has four universities more than any other city in the world – Imperial College London, University College London, London School of Economics, and King’s College London. “For the world-leading institutions in our city, This is another fantastic achievement. Than any other city, with more first-class universities and international students these rankings demonstrate that London remains open to talent and academic excellence,” said Rajesh Agrawal, London’s Deputy Mayor for Business. Overall, the UK has 29 universities in the top 200 and is the most-represented European country in the top 200.
“Universities can’t excel in isolation, they’re purpose-built for collaboration – and it’s one of the qualities that has so defined our world-class UK institutions,” said Ellie Bothwell, Editor of the global rankings. The annual World University Rankings are drawn from the ‘Times Higher Education’ database of university performance metrics, with over 150 separate data points on each of the world’s leading research universities and two global surveys of senior, published scholars from its annual reputation survey.