World University Rankings 2020
- 12 Sep 2019
- 2 min read
The TIMES Higher Education (THE) recently released its World University Rankings 2020 edition.
- In its 16th edition, THE’s World University Rankings 2020 included over 1,300 universities from 92 countries.
- 56 Indian institutions (up from 49 last year) made entry into the table this year, making India the fifth most-represented country in the list and the third in Asia (behind Japan and China).
- The University of Oxford retained the top position for the consecutive fourth year.
- The Indian Institute of Science (IISc) Bangalore topped the Indian universities on the list (although its ranking fell from the 251-300 group in 2019 to the 301-350 bracket in 2020). It now shares this position with the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Ropar- which made a debut entry into the list.
- It is the first time since 2012, that an Indian university has not featured in the top 300 of the ranking.
- According to THE, the best Indian institutions are generally characterized by relatively strong scores for teaching environment and industry income, but when it comes to an international outlook they perform poorly.
- The Indian government has strong ambitions to boost the global standing of its top universities and attract foreign students, academics and research collaboration. It now needs to back up these aspirations with high levels of investment, increasing global competition.