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Oxford and Cambridge named the best universities in the world; IISc, Bangalore tops Indian universities

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On 6th September 2017, The World University Rankings 2018 was published by the Times Higher Education (THE).Oxford University and Cambridge University have topped the world rankings. IISc, Bangalore has been named the top university in India.

University Rankings for 2018:

Thousand universities from 77 countries were ranked by The Times Higher Education (THE). Of which the US universities have topped the list. This year Chinese universities have made it to the top 30 for the first time.

Top 5 Global Universities:

  1. Oxford University
  2. Cambridge University
  3. California Institute of Technology, Stanford University
  4. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

Top 5 Indian Universities:

  1. IISc Bangalore
  2. IIT-Bombay
  3. IIT-Delhi
  4. IIT-Kanpur
  5. IIT-Kharagpur


US Universities’ stand:

i.The US Universities have managed to top the list again like last year.

ii.A major part of research funding for Oxford University and Cambridge University come from the European Union.

iii.Future research support from Trump Government is uncertain. This might affect the US Universities in future.

Indian Universities’ downfall in the ranking:

i.Even though IISc has been placed the 1stamong Indian Universities, it has moved down to 251-300 rank slab globally. Last year, IISc was in the 201-250 global rank slab.

ii.None of the Indian Universities have come in the top 100 ranks.

iii.The reduction in IISc’s research influence score and research income has lowered its global rank.

iv.Global ranking is influenced by the internationalization of educational institutions.Internationalization is a measure of how the educational institutions attract foreign students and staff.

v.Indian Government policy strictly limits the number of students from abroad who can study in India and prevents international scholars from being hired into long-term faculty positions. This has affected internationalization of our institutions and hence led to the lower ranking of our institutions.

vi.The government has accepted a proposal in August 2017 to establish 20 world class institutions by relaxing regulatory norms and allocating more monetary funds. This brings a hope of attracting more foreign students and faculties to India which will in turn increase the global ranking of our institutions.

About IISc:

  1. Indian Institute of Science
  2. Location – Bangalore
  3. Founder – Mr.Jamsetji Tata
  4. Director – Mr.Anurag Kumar