India improves score at THE 2019 university rankings

January 17, 2019

There’s news to cheer for Indian universities. The number of institutions featured in the Times Higher Education (THE) Emerging Economies University Rankings 2019, grew from 42 to 49 this year. Of these, 25 were among the top 200 as against 17 last year.

Among the Indian institutions, the Indian Institute of Science- Bangalore (IISc) was ranked #14 (#13 in 2018), followed by the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT)-Bombay at #27 (#26). IIT-Roorkee leap-frogged to 35 from #56 last year. While IIT-Kanpur improved its standing by three ranks, IIT-Kharagpur slipped to #55 from #45 last year.  

A total of 442 institutes were ranked this year as against 378 last year.

A Business Standard report quoted Ellie Bothwell, Global Rankings Editor for THE, that Indian institutions showed immense potential not only at the emerging stage, but at global levels also. However, Bothwell added that while India was progressing, other economies that previously lagged behind — such as Egypt and Malaysia — were advancing at a much faster rate. Indian institutions continued to lag behind the global average, especially among emerging economies in terms of international outlook, said Bothwell.

“In this year’s table, India’s institutions performed well in teaching. However, they are significantly behind the global average in terms of international outlook. Strengthening this will further elevate the nation’s global reputation for higher education, encourage important research collaborations and help attract international students,” Bothwell added.

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