UCT leaps up in world rankings

UCT leaps up in world rankings

There are a lot of post-secondary institutions across Canada, but only one Canadian university cracked the top 20 of a ranking of universities.

The Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2020 has the University of Toronto at spot 18 on the list, just making its way into the top 20.

The University of Oxford has been ranked the world's best university for the fourth successive year by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings. Newcomer IIT Ropar shares the joint top spot with IISc, Bengaluru, pushing IIT Indore, which remains in the 351-400 band, into the third spot.

With the increase in number of Indian universities in the overall 1,300-university list from 92 countries, 56 Indian universities featured in the table this year, a step up from 49 last year.

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"Despite this, both IIT Indore and IIT Ropar are behind other Indian institutions in industry income, teaching reputation and research reputation", said the spokesperson. In total, there top 500 in this year's Times Higher Education (THE) world university Rankings 2020 as against five in the 2019 ranking. "We have expanded and created infrastructure last few years, brought talents from the entire country and world and financed research initiatives". In all 10 Indian universities which participated for the first time made it to the global ranking list of 1,300 universities.

Bothwell believes that The Indian government has strong ambitions to boost the global standing of its top universities and attract foreign students, academics and research collaboration.

"Having said that, I do not underestimate the efforts by University of Auckland academic staff, and the support provided by their professional colleagues, that go into achieving these rankings" he said. "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". The university also did well nationally, gaining six places to land 42 position among United Kingdom universities, indicating a climb in the tables on both fronts.

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