Japan fails to produce elite universities: global survey

Remigio Civitarese
Сентября 12, 2019

Globally, Oxford University continues to lead the high table followed by California Institute of Technology and University of Cambridge.

The university is now rated as 164th best in the world in the Times Higher Education list falling from the 120th spot in last year's rankings.

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.

For the first time since 2012, India does not have any entry in the top 300 in World University Rankings 2020, published by UK-based Times Higher Education, (THE) which has a global ranking system of 1,300 universities in 92 countries, reports Live Mint.

A total of 56 Indian institutes are among thousand world-class universities this year, up from 49 last year.

The University of Tokyo stood as Japan's highest entrant in joint 36th place, six higher than a year ago, while Kyoto University maintained its 65th place.

THE assessed nearly 1400 universities in 92 countries on teaching, research, knowledge transfer and worldwide outlook.

Auckland University of Technology (AUT) moved from the 301-350 band a year ago to the 251-300 band.

Times Higher Education is the only global ranking that evaluates research-intensive universities across all core missions-teaching, research, knowledge transfer and worldwide outlook.

Ellie Bothwell, THE rankings editor, said: "India has a huge amount of potential in global higher education, given its rapidly growing youth population and economy and use of English-language instruction". It means both IIT Kharagpur and IIT Delhi have grown by 100 ranks from the previous year. "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". It now is the joint Indian topper with Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. The female to male ratio in IIT Kanpur is 14: 86, one of the lowest among Indian institutes. The high point for India was Indian Institute of Technology, Ropar making it to the top 350 on debut in the list.

In a statement on Wednesday, Trinity College Dublin called on the government to work with universities to develop a national strategy on rankings to reverse the slide in rankings witnessed in many Irish universities over the past decade.

Globally, the U.S. continues to dominate the ranking, with 172 institutions overall and 60 in the top 200.

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