Local universities improve in world rankings

“Our graduates are highly sought-after internationally, and rankings like this verify our position as an institute that fosters resilient, worldly critical-thinkers who have been exposed to state-of-the-art resources and academic practices in the course of their education”.


“The United States still dominates the World University Rankings.(But) despite this achievement, the USA will have to watch out for countries in continental Europe, such as Germany and the Netherlands, and Asia, such as China, that may threaten its status in years to come”, the statement read.

“Our approach to our flagship rankings is based on providing fair, comparable and transparent data to help policymakers, university leaders and faculty, as well as students and their families, make informed decisions”.

Maynooth University, which was not in the top 400 a year ago, has moved into the 351st-400th band, alongside University College Cork (UCC).

Cape Town – Six South African universities have cracked the newly expanded Times Higher Education World University Rankings Top 800 list, the organisation said.

Pointing to NTU’s leap to 13th place from 39th in the Quacquarelli Symonds World University Rankings a fortnight ago, NTU President Professor Bertil Andersson said: “Although the two indices use different methodologies, they show one common trend – that NTU is on a rapid upward trajectory”.

The California Institute of Technology topped the 12 Times Higher Education university ranking, ahead of Oxford and Stanford. HU improved its score in all five of these categories over a year ago, with the most significant improvements in Citations, Research and Teaching, followed by worldwide Outlook and Industry Income.

He said that this year, the magazine is ranking more universities, with 24 universities from Taiwan making it to the top 800 list. In this era of student mobility and competition for top talent, the influence of university rankings will keep growing.

“The United Kingdom is a stand-out performer in this year’s rankings, boasting an impressive 78 institutions overall, with 34 of these sitting in the top 200”, he added. In those rankings the Hebrew University’s Faculty of Humanities was named Israel’s top-ranked faculty globally, placing 128th best among the world’s arts and humanities faculties.


ETH Zurich, for example, is the first non-U.S. or non-U.K. school to crack the Top 10 in a decade.

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