In News  Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings 2020 released. Highlights Indian Universities in top 500 Indian Universities in top 500

  • For the first time, since 2012, no Indian university featured in the top 300 though the total number of entries from the country increased from 49 in 2018 to 56 this year.
  • In total, there are six Indian universities in the top 500 in this year’s Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings 2020 as against five in the 2019 rankings.
  • Indian Institute of Technology, Ropar made it to the top 350 on debut in the list. It  is now  the joint Indian topper with Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore
  • Overall, the University of Oxford continues to lead the pack for the fourth consecutive year.
  • India is the fifth most-represented nation in the rankings with 56 institutions.
  • All 10 Indian universities which participated for the first time made it to the global ranking list of 1,300 universities.
  • For the first time, China hosts the top two universities in Asia. Tsinghua, the leader from the continent at 23rd place and Peking at 24th overtaking the National University of Singapore
  • Globally, the US once again has 60 universities in the top 200, 10 of which come from the state of California alone.
Roadblocks for India
  • According to THE, the best Indian institutions are generally characterized by relatively strong scores for teaching environment and industry income but perform poorly when it comes to international outlook in comparison to both regional and international counterparts.
Way Forward The Indian government has strong ambitions to boost the global standing of its top universities and attract foreign students, academics and research collaboration. 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. About Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings 2020
    • The Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2020 includes almost 1,400 universities across 92 countries, standing as the largest and most diverse university rankings ever to date.
    • The table is based on 13 carefully calibrated performance indicators that measure an institution’s performance across teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook.
    • The only university ranking to be independently audited by professional services firm PricewaterhouseCoopers, and trusted worldwide by students, teachers, governments and industry experts.
  •  This year’s league table provides great insight into the shifting balance of power in global higher education.
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