LONDON (TIP): No Indian university has made it to the list of the world’s top 100 which are under 50 years old.
Institutes from 28 countries are present in the list of rising global higher education universities poised to challenge the traditional Anglo-American dominance of the sector.
Over 800 universities worldwide had submitted data for analysis of which 20 were from India.
Phil Baty, rankings editor, Times Higher Education, told media, “A number of these Indian institutions did not meet our data providers’ strict criteria for inclusion in the rankings which includes a minimum number of research papers to be published each year and were therefore excluded. Many of the remaining institutions were also founded before 1964 which meant that they could not be considered for the 100 under 50.”
Three factors were identified which helped the rise of these institutions. Citation Impact – how much a university’s research papers are being referenced by other academics; a measure of the influence its research has on the rest of the world. The second is ‘Income from Industry’ – how much companies are working with academics and applying their research to the real-world. Lastly, ‘International Outlook’, a measure of how many international students and staff a university attracts and how much it is collaborating on international research papers with other institutions.
Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne moved to pole position from second place, where it has sat since the first 100 under 50 was published in 2012. It swaps places with South Korea’s Pohang University of Science and Technology. The remainder of the top five is static: the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) holds on to third, the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology retains fourth, while Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University remains in fifth.
The top 10 includes representatives from eight countries overall: the Netherlands’ Maastricht University holds on to sixth; the US’ University of California, Irvine is seventh with its UC stablemate Santa Cruz moving up three places to eighth; the UK’s University of Warwick rises from 12th to ninth and France’s Paris-Sud University falls two places to 10th.
Australia has emerged as the number one nation, with 16 top 100 institutions, up from 14 last year. It also has a new number one, the University of Technology, Sydney, in 21st spot overall: it overtakes the University of Newcastle (30th in 2015).
This contrasts favourably with the UK’s representatives, which are heavily concentrated in the 1960s. They are led by the University of Warwick in ninth, followed by the University of Dundee (joint 19th). This is Warwick’s final year in the list due to its 1965 foundation date, and Dundee has only two years left. Only four of the 15 UK universities in the list were founded after the 1960s.