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THE Asia University Rankings 2023: IISc top Indian institutes; China’s Tsinghua University tops the overall list

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IISc Bangalore top Indian institute in THE's Asia University Rankings 2023According to Times Higher Education (THE) Asia University Rankings 2023, released on 22nd June 2023, the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) in Bengaluru (Karnataka) has emerged as the highest ranked Indian Institute. IISc is ranked 48th on the overall list.

  • The list is topped by China’s Tsinghua University, followed by the Peking University of China in the 2nd position and Singapore’s National University of Singapore(NUS) in the 3rd position for the 4th year in a row.
  • The 2023 ranking, the 11th edition of THE Asia University Rankings, ranks 669 Universities (up from 616 in 2022) from 31 countries or regions.

Note: Notably, IISc 2023 position at 48th is the lowest rank since 2015, when it first entered the ranking at the 34th spot. It was ranked 42nd in 2022.


The ranking is premised upon the 13 performance indicators to reflect the attributes of Asia’s institutions. These performance indicators are grouped into five areas: Teaching (the learning environment); Research (volume, income and reputation); Citations (research influence); International Outlook (staff, students and research); and Industry Income (knowledge transfer).

Indian Scenario:

i.Among the 75 Indian Institutes featured on the list, only 18 are featured in the top 200, while 4 are in the top 100 and only 1 in the top 50.

  • Apart from IISc, the other instituted featured among the top 100 are, JSS Academy of Higher Education and Research in Mysuru (Karnataka) (68th); Shoolini University of Biotechnology and Management Sciences in Bajhol, Himachal Pradesh (HP) (77th) and Mahatma Gandhi University in Kerala (95th).

ii.India is showing a year-on-year increase in participation with 71 universities in the rankings in 2022 and 63 in 2021.

Note: With 41.4 million students, 1.5 million teachers, 1,113 universities, 11,296 stand-alone institutions and 43,796 colleges, the Indian Higher Education System is considered to be the 3rd largest in the world.

  • India’s National Education Policy (NEP) 2020 aims to increase the gross enrolment rate from about 27% to 50% by 2035. It also aims that 50% of learners from schools to higher education to be exposed to vocational education by 2025.


i.Most universities in the overall rankings are from Japan (117), followed by China (95), India (75), Iran (65) and Turkey (61) at 2nd, 3rd , 4th and 5th respectively.

ii.In case of Top 200 rankings, India has traditionally been a larger contributor to the top than its neighbours, however, it had only a slight boost in representation with 18 universities in 2023 as compared to 17 Universities in 2022.

  • The top 200 list also includes two institutions from Bangladesh for the first time: the University of Dhaka at 186th place; and North South University at 192nd.

iii.A total of four mainland Chinese universities feature in the top 10. It is followed by Hong Kong with 3 Universities in the top 10.

iv.A total of 79 universities have joined the ranking since 2022.

  • This increase is led by eight universities in Pakistan, followed by seven each from Iran and Turkey.

THE Asia University Rankings 2023: Asia’s Top 5

2023 rankInstitutionCountry/regionOverall score
1Tsinghua UniversityChina88.2
2Peking UniversityChina87.8
3National University of SingaporeSingapore87.2
4University of Hong KongHong Kong80.1
5Nanyang Technological University, SingaporeSingapore79.2

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THE Asia University Rankings 2023: India’s Top 5

2023 RankInstitute2023 Overall Rank
1Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bengaluru, Karnataka48
2JSS Academy of Higher Education and Research, Mysuru, Karnataka68
3Shoolini University of Biotechnology and Management Sciences, Bajhol, HP77
4Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam, Kerala95
5International Institute of Information Technology, Hyderabad (IIIT-H), Telangana106

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