Chinese universities move up in global ranking

Trinity rose 14 places to 117 making it Ireland’s highest-placed university

The 2018 annual global ranking list of universities issued by the Times Higher Education (THE) has placed Queen's University in the world's top 250.

"It is disappointing that India has declined in the THE World University Rankings amid increasing global competition", THE editorial director of global rankings Phil Baty said. The continent's leading institution, the National University of Singapore, claims its highest position ever, joint 22nd place (up from 24th). But this year, IIT Delhi and IIT Kanpur have toppled down from 401-500 club to 501-600.

The next highest-ranked university behind UCD was University College Cork, which fell in the 351 to 400 bracket, with the lowest-ranked university being Dublin Institute of Technology, falling between 601st and 800th place. Oxford holds the number one position, for the second time in a row.

Four UK institutions - the University of Oxford, the University of Cambridge, Imperial College London and the University of Edinburgh - make the top 50 for teaching, research, citations and internationalisation.

The Times Higher Education World University Rankings develops worldwide university performance tables by judging the best global universities across their core missions: teaching, research, knowledge transfer and worldwide outlook.

United Kingdom led the rankings with University of Oxford retaining first position.

Compared to previous year, the university suffered from lower teaching and research reputations and a poorer citation impact.

Bill Rammell, the university's vice chancellor, said: "We are delighted to have been recognised in such an internationally well-respected league table for the second year running". The California Institute of Technology and Stanford University in the United States of America stands at rank third.

THE said that one of the reasons for Oxbridge's strong showing was a significant increase in both universities' total institutional income.

Swinburne ranked among the best in the world in the International Outlook category, which measured the proportion of international staff and students as well as international research collaborations.

Johns Hopkins' upward move in the new ranking bucked a downward trend for US universities, THE said.

However, experts have said that Britain's status as a leader in world higher education could be at risk from Brexit and that the nation's future position is on shaky ground.

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