Published: Fri, September 13, 2019

Griffith breaks into Times Higher Ed's Top 250

Griffith breaks into Times Higher Ed's Top 250

For the fourth year in a row, Oxford claimed top spot, in front of CalTech, Cambridge, Stanford and MIT, in that order.

The University of Cape Town (UCT) has jumped up 20 places to 136th position in the latest 2020 Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings, which were published on Wednesday, 11 September.

"It is encouraging to see UCT demonstrate such excellence in worldwide rankings", said UCT Vice-Chancellor Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng, "particularly given the incredibly competitive, global arena we operate in and the enormous challenges we face in terms of declining national funding and the imperative to transform our institution". The high point for India was the Indian Institute of Technology, Ropar making it to the top 350 on debut in the list. Since 2012, through the total number of entries from the country went up from 49 in 2018 to 56 this year.

The yardstick for the ranking are based on the universities' performance in teaching, research, knowledge transfer and how they are received on the internationally scene. According to the U.S. Department of Education, there are more than 4,000 four-year universities in the country.

Auckland University of Technology (AUT) moved from the 301-350 band previous year to the 251-300 band. The annual rankings rate nearly 1,400 universities across 92 countries, making it "the largest and most diverse university rankings ever", according to the THE website.

"Canada performed well in this year's rankings, with the country's top institutions placing and progressing well among the global elite", said Baty.

Bothwell believes that The Indian government has strong ambitions to boost the global standing of its top universities and attract foreign students, academics and research collaboration.

UNBC has been recognized as one of the best universities in the world. "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".

"Canada's top universities have risen up the table", states the report.

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