Indian universities draw a blank in THE’s top 300 list

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Despite the "impressive haul", only the University of Tokyo and Kyoto University made it to the top 200 list from Japan, fewer than China, Italy, Denmark and Belgium, among others, the report said.

The Times Higher Education World University rankings are published annually and measure and compare the performance of institutions from around the world using a variety of measurements.

The California Institute of Technology rose three places to second, while Stanford, Yale, Harvard and Imperial College London all appeared in the top 10.

The University of Auckland has again been ranked number 1 in New Zealand.

IISc's slip in the ranking is due to what list compilers said "a significant fall in its citation impact score offsetting improvements in research environment, teaching environment and industry income".

The global rank of IISc, country's premiere research institute, has declined to 301-350 from 251-300.

Times Higher Education is the only global ranking that evaluates research-intensive universities across all core missions-teaching, research, knowledge transfer and worldwide outlook. "It now needs to back up these aspirations with high levels of investment or risk declining further amid increasing global competition, especially from other parts of Asia".

As per the ranking survey, Indian institutions have been lagging in their worldwide outlook, a prickly issue for the higher education sector in the country despite its ambition to become a study-abroad destination for low income and developing countries. It now is the joint Indian topper with Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore.

From Asia, China led the way with Tsinghua University ranking 23rd, down one spot, and Peking University at 24th place, up seven places. India is the fifth most represented country on the list. The high point for India was Indian Institute of Technology, Ropar making it to the top 350 on debut in the list. United States universities make up 14 of the global top 20 and seven of the top 10, with the country's leading institutions performing particularly well in the area of citation impact.

There are estimated to be more than 26,000 universities in the world. THE chief knowledge officer Phil Baty said, "It has always been clear that the emerging countries of Asia are going to play an increasingly powerful role among the global elite of higher education".

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