Harvard ranked as world’s best, Indian universities fail to make the cut

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London | Published: March 12, 2015 12:09:55 PM

Even as Harvard University was ranked as the world's best, Indian universities failed to make any mark in a definitive list of the world's most...

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Even as Harvard University was ranked as the world’s best, Indian universities failed to make any mark in a definitive list of the world’s most prestigious institutions with not a single varsity from the country figuring in the top 100 ranking.

The ‘Times Higher Education (THE) World Reputation Rankings 2015’, released here was topped by Harvard University for the second consecutive year followed by the UK’s famous Cambridge and Oxford universities.

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Stanford University from the US complete the top 5 of the world’s 100 most prestigious global universities, based on the largest invitation-only survey of senior academic opinion.

“It is really a matter of concern that a country of India’s great intellectual history and its huge and growing economic power does not have a single university that is regarded by academics globally as being among the world’s most prestigious,” said Phil Baty, editor of the  ‘THE’ rankings.

“Brazil, Russia and China, the other great BRIC nations, all have at least one top 100 university in this prestigious list. It is the time India give more support to its leading universities to ensure that they can compete on a world stage,” he noted.

London and Paris emerged as the cities with the highest number of prestigious universities in the world with five universities each.

Universities in the so-called “golden triangle” of London, Oxford and Cambridge continued to rank highly.

Besides Cambridge and Oxford, Imperial College London was 14th, University College London moved up from 25th to 17th, the London School of Economics and Political Science rose two places to 22nd, King’s College London jumped 12 places from 43rd to 31st and the London Business School was ranked 91-100.

Kevin McCarthy, head of education at London and  Partners – the Mayor of London’s business and promotional wing, said: “London has a fantastic concentration of the world’s most prestigious universities demonstrating that the city, and the rest of the UK, offer world class centres of higher education.

“The ‘Times Higher Education’ ranking also demonstrates we have entered a multipolar world of educational quality – with major European cities of research excellence being joined by others from across Asia. This is only likely to continue as research becomes ever more collaborative across national boundaries.”

The US led the rankings with 43 universities, followed by the UK with 12, Germany with six and Australia and  France both with five each.

‘THE World Reputation Rankings’ are based on the results of the Academic Reputation Survey carried out by  Times  Higher Education publication  in partnership with Elsevier.

The World Reputation Rankings 2015 are based on 10,507 responses from 142 countries.

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