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UNBC among top five per cent of universities in the world

13 September 2019

The University of Oxford retained the top spot for the fourth consecutive year, while the California Institute of Technology rose from fifth to the second position.

In total, there are six Indian universities in the top 500 in this year's Times Higher Education (THE), world university ranking 2020 as against five in the 2019 rankings.

The institute is ranked higher for its industry income (73.9 points) and teaching (48.5 points). IISC was followed by the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Ropar and IIT Indore that also fell in 351-400 bracket.

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"Despite this, both IIT Indore and IIT Ropar are behind other Indian institutions in industry income, teaching reputation and research reputation", said the spokesperson. "We have expanded and created infrastructure last few years, brought talents from the entire country and world and financed research initiatives".

In the top 20, most schools are located in either the US or the UK.

"Having said that, I do not underestimate the efforts by University of Auckland academic staff, and the support provided by their professional colleagues, that go into achieving these rankings" he said. However, for the first time since 2012, not a single Indian university made it to the top 300 list.

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"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".

To get the rankings, Times Higher Education assessed nearly 1,400 post-secondary institutions across 92 countries. However, it is disappointing to see the country fall out of the top 300 of the rankings these years, with only a small number of institutions registering progress. The highly regarded data provider annually publishes a list of the top national and worldwide universities based on academic and research excellence. "It needs to back them up with high levels of investment and increasing global competition", THE rankings editor Ellie Bothwell told TOI.

The University of Aberdeen was 168th equal, St Andrews crept into the the top 200 in 198th, while Dundee retained its place in the top 250.

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UNBC among top five per cent of universities in the world