Times Higher Education revealed its ranking for this year and offers a fresh list of competing universities from all over the world. The list shows that the world dominance of universities in the US has further waned in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2015-2016, despite the fact that the country boasts almost a fifth of institutions in the table. More than 147 US universities feature in the top 800 – the largest THE rankings to date – including the California Institute of Technology, which claims pole position for the fifth consecutive year.
Jadavpur University has vastly improved its position from last year by being the highest-ranked Indian university, and is 80 among the BRICS nations. To put this into context, it lies sixth overall in India behind IISC and the four IITs, and is ahead of IIT Kanpur. Last year’s dark horse, Punjab University, lies at 121. Other Indian Universities too have more or less improved their rank from last year’s poll.
The traditional western universities that dominated the list have shown a decline as USA now has 63 universities in the top 200, down from 74 last year, and 77 the year before. Six of them however make the top 10, compared with seven last year; after Caltech, these are: Stanford (third), Massachusetts Institute of Technology (fifth), Harvard (sixth – its first time outside the top four in the rankings’ 12-year history), Princeton (seventh) and the University of Chicago (10th) and UK’s universities of Oxford (second), Cambridge (fourth) and Imperial College London (eighth), and Switzerland’s ETH Zurich – Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ninth) fill the rest of the top 10. The list has been favorable to Indian universities this time which have shown a steady increase.
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