NEW DELHI: For the first time, India features in the top 100 of the Times Higher Education’s (THE) world university rankings. Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore enters the list of elite universities for engineering and technology with 99th rank.
The THE released the latest rankings of the world’s top 100 universities in the field of engineering and technology on Wednesday revealing a strong year across Asia.
The top 10 of the list are dominated by US institutions with Stanford, California Institute of Technology and Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the top three positions. However, this is a year of Asian progress, with the US holding a total of 31 positions – down from 34 last year – while Asia holds 25 positions in the top 100, up from 18 last year.
Asian universities occupied six positions in the top 30 this year, with Japan, China, Korea, Taiwan and India all improving their representation while Singapore and Hong Kong maintained their last year’s status.
Phil Baty, editor, THE World University Rankings said, “Like our flagship World University Rankings, the Times Higher Education ranking for engineering and technology subjects applies rigorous standards, using tough global benchmarks across all of a global research university’s key missions – teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook. But although the table employs the same range of 13 performance indicators they have been carefully recalibrated to fit more closely the research culture in this subject.
“This year’s stand-out success story has to be India, making its debut in this prestigious engineering and technology ranking, which represents the top few per cent of world universities for these subject disciplines. Whether you look at high-tech sectors such as IT or aerospace engineering or more traditional fields such as steelmaking, India’s engineering and technology prowess is highly visible the world over in the shape of companies based in India or run by people born in India, such as Google and Microsoft, Infosys and Wipro or Tata and Mittal.
”While the US and UK still dominate the upper echelons of this table, Asia is shifting the balance of power, proving that its institutions are world-class in this field. Six Asian universities – the National University of Singapore, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University, Peking and Tsinghua Universities from China and Korea’s Seoul National University – make the top 30. Asia’s success mounts serious pressure on universities in North America and Europe, which will have to run fast just to stand still in this table.”