Times Announced Top Asian Universities Ranking: India Improved in Number But Declined in Ranking
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Times Announced Top Asian Universities Ranking 2018: India Improved in Number But Declined in Ranking

India’s representation in the Times Higher Education (THE) annual Asian Universities ranking has improved to 42 from last year’s 33 but the ranking of several registered Universities have declined, and only two Indian institutes- IISc Bangalore and IIT Bombay have made their way to the top 50 Asian Universities.

Also, the total number of participating universities increased to 350 from 300 last year. These universities come from 25 countries/regions. According to Times Higher Education’s annual rankings of the region, the National University of Singapore is Asia’s top university for the third year in a row.

ISM Dhanbad, Banaras Hindu University, Jamia Millia Islamia and 9 other Indian institutions have for the first time made it to the list of top-350 varsities in the Asian Universities Ranking 2018. Other Indian institutes which have made their way to the top 100 are Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee, Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, and Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi.

Times Higher Education (THE) said in a statement that “Two of the country’s newcomers made it to the top 200 — the Indian School of Mines at 141st and the Banaras Hindu University at a joint 194th position”. Jamia Milia Islamia was ranked in the range of 201-250. The ranks of some universities only in a range.

Phil Baty, editorial director of global rankings at THE, said: “It is a fantastic achievement that India now has 42 universities in the Asia rankings and that the country has improved on 12 of the 13 metrics underlying the rankings.”

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Though there were many new entrants this year, the performance of many top Indian institutions was disappointing. The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT)-Madras the saw the biggest decline on the top-200 list, dropping 41 places to rank 103 this year. The IISc and IIT-Bombay slipped two points each and were ranked 29 and 44, respectively.

They also lost rankings due to a decline in citations. The IISc and all other IITs had also failed to score in the top 200 World University Rankings released last year. The IISc dropped from the 201-250 band in the previous rankings to the 251-300 band. The IIT-Delhi and IIT-Kanpur slipped from the 401-500 band to the 501-600 band. IIT-Bombay remained in the 351-400 range. “Indian institutions picked up points in other areas such as research productivity, even though it tends to lag on research environment. Its only area of decline was teaching reputation,” the statement added.

Officials in the Ministry of Human Resources Development said the Centre has taken several measures to increase the global rankings of Indian universities. “We are setting up 20 institutes of eminence with an aim to break into top rankings in the next 10 years,” an official said. These 20 institutes would be allowed to take 30 percent foreign students and 25 percent foreign faculty. Up to 20 percent of their programmes can be online courses.

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Indian Institutions on the Asian Universities Ranking

Institution Rank in 2017 Rank in 2018
Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore 27 29
Indian Institute of Technology Bombay 42 44
Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur 87 60
Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee 70 65
Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur 63 81
Indian Institute of Technology Delhi 54 86
Tezpur University 131-140 100
Indian Institute of Technology Madras 62 103
Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati 101-110 112
Panjab University 121-130 114
National Institute of Technology Rourkela 191-200 126
Jadavpur University 101-110 127
Indian School of Mines NR 141
University of Delhi 131-140 144
Aligarh Muslim University 151-160 158
Savitribai Phule Pune University 161-170 188
Banaras Hindu University NR 194
Amrita University 251+ 201–250
Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani 181-190 201–250
University of Calcutta 191-200 201–250
Jamia Millia Islamia NR 201–250
Sri Venkateswara University 191-200 201–250
Andhra University 251+ 251–300
Annamalai University 251+ 251–300
Cochin University of Science and Technology 251+ 251–300
University of Kerala NR 251–300
Osmania University 201-250 251–300
Pondicherry University NR 251–300
Thapar University NR 251–300
VIT University 251+ 251–300
Amity University 251+ 301–350
GITAM University NR 301–350
Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University Anantapur NR 301–350
Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda 251+ 301–350
Manipal University 251+ 301–350
University of Mysore NR 301–350
PSG College of Technology NR 301–350
SASTRA University 251+ 301–350
SRM University 251+ 301–350
Tamil Nadu Agricultural University NR 301–350
G B Pant University of Agriculture & Technology NR 351+
Sathyabama University 251+ 351+

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Top 100 institutions in Asian Universities Ranking

Institution Country Rank in 2017 Rank in 2018
National University of Singapore Singapore 1 1
Tsinghua University China 3 2
Peking University China 2 3
University of Hong Kong Hong Kong 5 4
Hong Kong University of Science and Technology Hong Kong 6 5
Nanyang Technological University Singapore 4 5
Chinese University of Hong Kong Hong Kong 11 7
University of Tokyo Japan 7 8
Seoul National University South Korea 9 9
Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) South Korea 8 10
Kyoto University Japan 14 11
Pohang University of Science and Technology South Korea 10 12
Sungkyunkwan University (SKKU) South Korea 13 13
City University of Hong Kong Hong Kong 12 14
University of Science and Technology of China China 15 15
Fudan University China 16 16
Nanjing University China 25 17
Zhejiang University China 19 18
Hong Kong Polytechnic University Hong Kong 17 19
Shanghai Jiao Tong University China 18 20
Yonsei University (Seoul campus) South Korea NR 20
Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology South Korea NR 22
King Abdulaziz University Saudi Arabia 23 23
Korea University South Korea 20 24
Tel Aviv University Israel 22 25
National Taiwan University Taiwan 24 26
Hebrew University of Jerusalem Israel 21 27
Osaka University Japan 32 28
Indian Institute of Science India 27 29
Tohoku University Japan 26 30
Koç University Turkey 27 31
Khalifa University United Arab Emirates NR 32
Tokyo Institute of Technology Japan 30 33
Sabancı University Turkey 33 34
Nagoya University Japan 35 35
National Tsing Hua University Taiwan 33 36
Babol Noshirvani University of Technology Iran NR 37
Hanyang University South Korea 38 38
Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology South Korea 31 39
Kyung Hee University South Korea 36 40
Technion Israel Institute of Technology Israel 37 41
National Taiwan University of Science and Technology (Taiwan Tech) Taiwan 41 42
Sun Yat-sen University China 47 43
Indian Institute of Technology Bombay India 42 44
Wuhan University China 49 45
University of Malaya Malaysia 59 46
University of Macau Macao 43 47
Kyushu University Japan 45 48
National Chiao Tung University Taiwan 39 48
Chung-Ang University South Korea 60 50
Bar-Ilan University Israel 68 51
Qatar University Qatar 77 52
Tongji University China 61 53
Bilkent University Turkey 46 54
Hokkaido University Japan 58 55
Hong Kong Baptist University Hong Kong 49 55
Huazhong University of Science and Technology China 65 57
National Cheng Kung University (NCKU) Taiwan 47 58
King Saud University Saudi Arabia 56 59
Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur India 87 60
Tokyo Medical and Dental University (TMDU) Japan 51 60
Harbin Institute of Technology China 77 62
University of Tsukuba Japan 56 63
Tianjin University China 82 64
Ewha Womans University South Korea 53 65
Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee India 70 65
Boğaziçi University Turkey 52 67
Alfaisal University Saudi Arabia 131-140 68
Jordan University of Science and Technology Jordan 121-130 68
Southeast University China 72 70
United Arab Emirates University United Arab Emirates 83 71
China Medical University, Taiwan Taiwan 67 72
Soochow University China 72 72
National Taiwan Normal University Taiwan 88 74
American University of Beirut Lebanon 85 75
Central China Normal University China NR 75
Shandong University China NR 77
University of Ulsan South Korea 66 77
Quaid-i-azam University Pakistan 121-130 79
Xiamen University China 86 80
Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur India 63 81
South China University of Technology China 96 81
Fujita Health University Japan NR 83
Sharif University of Technology Iran 71 83
Taipei Medical University Taiwan 91 83
Indian Institute of Technology Delhi India 54 86
Renmin University of China China 75 87
Amirkabir University of Technology Iran 101-110 88
East China Normal University China 79 89
Xi’an Jiaotong University China 81 90
East China University of Science and Technology China 84 91
Istanbul Technical University Turkey 79 91
King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals Saudi Arabia 54 91
Beihang University China 92 94
Konkuk University South Korea 141-150 95
Isfahan University of Technology Iran 92 96
Mahidol University Thailand 97 97
Pusan National University South Korea 90 97
Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR) Malaysia 111-120 99
University of Haifa Israel 111-120 100
Sejong University South Korea 99 100
Tezpur University India 131-140 100

NR: Not Ranked in 2017

Ranking Source: The Times Higher Education Asian Universities Ranking, 2018

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The global list of Asian Universities Ranking was topped by the National University of Singapore, Tsinghua University and Peking University (both from China), University of Hong Kong and Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.

Overall, China has 63 universities in the rankings, many of which have made progress this year. However, Japan is once again the most-represented nation in the list, boasting 89 universities. There is also success for Hong Kong, which has three Universities in the top 10, more than any other territory, and six universities in the top 60.

In Southeast Asia, Malaysia’s flagship institution, the University of Malaya, joins the top 50 for the first time, and Indonesia has doubled its representation, claiming four spaces in the table, up from two last year.

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