THE Asia University Ranking 2020 Announced Tsinghua University at the top, 8 Indian Institutes in Top 100, IISc Bangalore top Indian University along with IIT Delhi, IIT Ropar and others
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THE Asia University Ranking 2020 Announced: 8 Indian Institutes in Top 100

With eight institutes in the top 100, India with its 56 Institutes, is the third most represented country in the THE Asia University Ranking 2020. Times Higher Education (THE) has announced the THE Asia University Rankings 2020 today. Among the Indian institutes, Indian Institute of Science (IISc) Bangalore has retained the top position with reserving its place at 36th spot globally.

Apart from IISc, IITs have also fared well and six IITs have made their way to top 100. Even as more IITs have been featured in the ranking; THE claims that “overall picture for India’s IITs (is) one of general decline amid increased regional competition”. Apart from IIT Kharagpur and IIT-Delhi which have improved their performance since 2019, and IIT-Ropar which has debuted in the ranking this year, the rest of the IITs have a scored lower.

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IIT Ropar is one of the new generation IITs and is a new entrant to the top 100 list, is placed at 47th rank. Among the other IITs, IIT Indore is placed at 55th rank and IIT Kharagpur at 59th rank. IIT Delhi and IIT Bombay have been placed at 67th and 69th ranks respectively. The last two Indian institutes in top 100 are IIT Roorkee at 83rd place and Institute of Chemical Technology at 92nd rank.

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India’s Ranking

Rank 36 – IISc Bangalore
Rank 47 – IIT Ropar
Rank 59 – IIT Kharagpur
Rank 55 – IIT Indore
Rank 67 – IIT Delhi
Rank 69 – IIT Bombay
Rank 83 – IIT Roorkee
Rank 92 – Institute of Chemical Technology

Even as IISc has dropped seven places from its rank in 2019, it remains the top Indian institute for the fifth consecutive year. IIT-Kharagpur has climbed 17 places to 59th, and IIT Delhi moved up by 24 places to 67th as compared to last year.

Global top 10 Universities

Rank 1: Tsinghua University
Rank 2: Peking University, China
Rank 3: National University of Singapore, Singapore
Rank 4: University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Rank 5: The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
Rank 6: Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Rank 7: The University of Tokyo, Japan
Rank 8: Chinese University of Hong Kong
Rank 9: Seoul National University, South Korea
Rank 10: University of Science and Technology of China
Rank 10: Sungkyunkwan University, South Korea

The eighth edition of the Times Higher Education’s (THE) Asia University Rankings 2020 released on Wednesday lists 489 institutions from 30 countries and regions. China not only got the global top rank with Tsinghua University but also dominated the table with 81 universities, however, the most represented country was Japan with 110 institutes.

Ranking Methodology

The THE Asia University Rankings 2020 use the same 13 performance indicators. THE claims that varsities are judged in mainly 5 core areas: teaching (learning environment), research (volume, income and reputation), citations (research influence), industry income (knowledge transfer), and international outlook (staff, students and research).

Result Analysis for Indian Institutes

Many IITs, including IIT-Bombay, IIT-Delhi, IIT-Kharagpur and IIT Madras, are making general improvements across teaching, research, and industry metrics compared to 2019. However, at the same time, they are seeing a downward trend in citation scores (only IIT Roorkee and IIT Delhi improved from 2019) and continued stagnation when it comes to internationalisation (with only IIT Bombay and IIT Madras seeing any sizeable improvement).

One factor where Indian Universities have collectively fared poorly is the percentage of International students. Out of the eight institutes in top 100, four (IIT Ropar, IIT Indore, IIT Kharagpur, and Institute of Chemical Technology) have zero per cent international student population. IIT Delhi, IIT Mumbai and IISc have 1% population of International students and IIT Roorkee has meagre 2% population of international students.

In the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, it is fantastic to see that India’s great institutions remain visible, and continue to compete, on the global stage. Please post your queries or comments regarding “THE Asia University Ranking 2020” in the below comment box. 

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