Friday, October 07, 2011

No Indian university in world’s top 200

Not a single Indian university — not even the celebrated IITs (Indian Institutes of Technology) and IIMs (Indian Institutes of Management) — figure in the Times Higher Education magazine’s ranking of the world’s top 200 universities, with American varsities dominating the list.

US institutions have grabbed seven spots in the top 10 despite President Barack Obama warning American students of stiff competition from their counterparts in India and China. Three British universities, Oxford, Cambridge and Imperial College London, continue to make the cut with a university in China also making the grade. The magazine places 75 US universities in the top 200. UK has 32 universities in the list, followed by Germany (12), the Netherlands (12) and Canada (9).

The list of top 200 includes universities in Taiwan, Brazil, Singapore, South Africa and China, but this year repeats earlier trends about India — no Indian university is deemed good enough to be included in the elite list, inspite of India claiming to have substantially increased its spending on higher education in recent years.

The top 10 in the list of 200 universities are: California Institute of Technology, Harvard University, Stanford University, University of Oxford, Princeton University, University of Cambridge, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Imperial College London, University of Chicago and the University of California, Berkeley.

Britain’s Universities Minister David Willetts said the list showed that relative to its size, the UK’s university system was the “world’s best-performing”. “With as many as seven million students predicted to be studying outside their home country within the next few years, and with international research collaboration at the top of government agendas, these world university rankings are more important than ever,” said Ann Mroz, editor of Times Higher Education.

Source: The Indian Express, October 7, 2011

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