IISc Bengaluru ranked world's top university for research
09 June 2021
Indian Institute of Science (IISc) Bengaluru has been ranked Number 1 in the world for research in the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings 2022. Three Indian universities also have achieved top-200 positions in the 18th edition of the QS global higher education ranking, released on Wednesday.
IISc beat global top universities such as Princeton, Havard, and even MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology which is the global ranking topper) to the top spot in this parameter. These institutes too secured a 100/100 score in this parameter.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), which earns perfect scores across the research and the employability indicator, continues to be the best university in the world, for a 10th consecutive year.
IIT Bombay has secured 177th position while IIT Delhi has been ranked 185th and IISc Bengaluru has been placed in the 186th position in university rankings.
Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (IIT Delhi) which has become India's second-best university, has risen from 193 to 185, and superseded Indian Institute of Science Bangalore (IISc Bangalore), which has fallen in rank from 185 to 186.
Union education minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ congratulated India for taking a leap in the field of education and research.
Among Indian institutes, IIT Guwahati (94.8/100) came second to IISc with a global rank of 41 for CPF, and IIT Roorkee came third with a score of 88.8 per cent, and rank of 62.
Citations per Faculty measures research impact, and divides the total number of citations received by a university's research papers over a five-year period by the number of faculty at an institution, said Simona Bizzozero, Director of Communications QS Quacquarelli Symonds. It is one of the six indicators used to compile the ranking.
The ranking body found that Indian universities have also improved their research impact, relative to global competitors.
As many as 17 of India's 35 (top) universities have seen a rise in the Citations per Faculty (CPF) score, against only twelve drops in CPF.
This being the case, the report reveals that Indian universities continue to struggle in QS's measure of institutional teaching capacity.
23 of India's 35 (top) universities have suffered declines in QS's Faculty/Student Ratio indicator, with only six recording improvements. No Indian university ranks among the top 250 for Faculty/Student Ratio.
Jawaharlal Nehru University was among the institutes that made its debut in the QS World University Rankings, placing in the 561st-570th band.
Ben Sowter, Director of Research at QS, said: "This year's edition of the QS World University Rankings demonstrates the excellent work that many Indian universities are doing to improve their research footprint, with positive consequences for their reputation on the global stage.
Conversely, our dataset also suggests that the Indian higher education sector is still struggling to provide adequate teaching capacity. Further expansion of provision - both within universities and across the sector as a whole - will be necessary if India is to continue reaching new heights."
L Rafael Reif, president of MIT said: “We deeply appreciate the recognition of our institution and the faculty, staff, alumni, and students that make MIT what it is – and we also tremendously admire the achievements of academic institutions around the globe.
“The world benefits from a strong higher education network that delivers countless benefits for humanity, from fundamental discoveries, to novel solutions, to pressing challenges in climate and health, to the education of the next generation of talent,
“We are proud and grateful to belong to this great human community of scholars, researchers and educators, striving together to make a better world.”
QS World University Rankings 2022
Global Top-3 ranks
- Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
- University of Oxford
- Stanford University /University of Cambridge
Top-3 Indian Institutes
- Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (177)
- Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (185)
- Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore (186)
Citations Per Faculty : Global Ranking
- Indian Institute of Science
- Princeton University
- Havard University
Citations Per Faculty : Top Indian Institutes
- Indian Institute of Science (1)
- Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati (41)
- Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee (62)
Top Universities in Asia
The highest ranked university is found in Singapore in Southeast Asia: the National University of Singapore (NUS), placing in 11th place worldwide and earning its highest score in the academic reputation indicator.
Southeast Asia claims a total of 60 universities this year. Malaysia has the most ranked schools in Southeast Asia with 22; followed by Indonesia with 16.
Most of Asia’s universities are in East Asia, where 179 universities can be found. Mainland China’s Tsinghua University performs the best, ranking in 17th.
South Asia claims 52 schools and is dominated by Indian institutions. Of these, India’s Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IITB) earns the highest score, in joint 177th globally.
Central Asia has 14 entries. Its highest ranked university is Kazakhstan’s Al-Farabi Kazakh National University in 175th.