Indian universities increased their foothold in the Times Higher Education (THE) Emerging Economies University Rankings 2019, going up in number from 42 in 2018 to 49 this year. According to data released by Times Higher Education (THE), Indian universities have shown remarkable improvements, with 25 of its universities securing a spot among the top 200, an increase from 17 universities in 2018.
The Indian Institute of Science was the top ranked Indian university in the list, securing the 14th position, followed by Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (27th). However, both the universities dropped one place each due to increased competition among universities worldwide.
THE table 2019 denotes a mixed picture for India, with numerous new entrants and high risers, alongside numerous institutes that drop back. The Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee improved its position 21 places to secure the 35th ranking, thanks to advancements in research (reputation, income, volume) and industry income (knowledge transfer).
The highest new entrants for India this year was The Indian Institute of Technology Indore (61st) and the JSS Academy of Higher Education and Research (joint 64th). The Savitribai Phule Pune University climbed the ladder and secured joint 93rd position, alongside the National Autonomous University of Mexico, due to a rise in their research and citation scores, according to the organisers of the ranking.
Banaras Hindu University and Amrita University improved their rankings by jumping into the top 150, while the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Pune IIT Hyderabad featured for the first time in THE rankings.
Ellie Bothwell, Editor Times Higher Education (THE) said: “Indian institutions have immense potential for success – not only on the emerging stage but globally. But, while progress is clearly being made, other economies that previously lagged behind – such as Egypt and Malaysia – are starting to advance at a much faster rate”.
She further added: “In this year’s table, India’s institutions perform 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.”
This year Chinese universities were clearly at top, securing 72 places in the list and claiming four of the top five places. This made China the most represented country in the Times ranking 2019. Tsinghua University surpassed Peking University to secure the top position overall, while Zhejiang University rose three places to secure the third spot. The University of Science and Technology of China got the fourth position and the Lomonosov Moscow State University claimed the final spot among the top five universities of emerging economies.