Auckland University and AUT climb in global university ranking

Trinity College Dublin said the 'disappointing' decline is relative to other countries' investment in education

This year's Times Higher Education World University Rankings show Japan's increased presence in the listing of universities from 92 countries and regions, with 110 institutions now represented, up from 103 last year.

Meanwhile, Otago University was ranked in the top 20 per cent; AUT and University of Canterbury were ranked in the top 22 per cent; and Lincoln University, Massey University, Victoria University of Wellington and the University of Waikato came in the top 45 per cent in the rankings.

Indian institutes have slipped down in Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2020.

The University of Oxford retained the top spot for the fourth consecutive year, while the California Institute of Technology rose from fifth to the second position.

The University of Tokyo stood as Japan's highest entrant in joint 36th place, six higher than previous year, while Kyoto University maintained its 65th place. The universities are judged according to several criteria including teaching, research, citations, industry income and global outlook in terms of staff, students and research.

The fall of IISc from the 251-300 to 301-350 cohort this year is attributed to a significant dip in its citation impact score offsetting improvements in research environment, teaching environment and industry income. Indian Institute of Technology, Ropar made it to the top 350 on it's debut in the list. "It now needs to back up these aspirations with high levels of investment - or risk declining further amid increasing global competition, especially from other parts of Asia", Ellie Bothwell, THE rankings editor, said in an email.

As per the ranking survey, Indian institutions have been lagging in their global outlook, a prickly issue for the higher education sector in the country despite its ambition to become a study-abroad destination for low income and developing countries. There were a few who have risen, including IIT-Delhi and IIT- Kharagpur and Jamia Millia Islamia.

The Indian Institute of Technology - Ropar pushed Indian Institute of Technology - Indore, which remains in the 351-400 band, into third place.

In Asia, China's dominance continues with 24 of its universities finding a place among the top 200 in the list. Stanford University and MIT complete the top five global table.

There are estimated to be more than 26,000 universities in the world. United States institutions saw a slight drop in their average ranking overall.

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