World University Rankings 2018

Tuesday, November 28, 2017 - 11:54

The most recent list of the world's top universities in 2018 has been released which introduced top 1000 universities in the world. Names of some Iranian universities are in this list as well.

The Presence of Iranian Universities among the List of World's Top 1000 Universities

According to an ISCA report, names of Iranian universities including Babol Noshirvani University of Technology (ranking 301 to 30), Amirkabir University of Technology (601 to 800), Science and Research IAU, K. N. Toosi University of Technology (601 to 800), Sharif University of Technology, University Of Tabriz, University of Tehran, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, University of Guilan, University of Isfahan, Shahid Beheshti University, Shiraz University (601 to 800) and Ferdowsi University of Mashhad (801 to 1000), are among reputable universities in the world.

Two UK institutions lead our ranking of the best universities for the first time in its history, with Oxford holding on to the number one spot for the second year in a row, while Cambridge has risen to second place, THE reports.

The University of Oxford has held on to the number one spot for the second year in a row, while the University of Cambridge has jumped from fourth to second place.

Cambridge’s rise comes at the expense of the California Institute of Technology, which was number one between 2012 and 2016, number two last year, and now shares third position with Stanford.

The US universities’ institutional income also dropped by 23 per cent and 24 per cent, respectively, while Cambridge and Oxford each received a boost in revenue (by 11 per cent and 24 per cent, respectively).

Nearly all of the US’ top-200 representatives (59 out of 62) faced drops in their research income per academic staff member and future levels of federal research income under the Trump administration are in doubt. Two-fifths of the universities in this elite group (29) have dropped ranks.

Meanwhile, although Australia has maintained a relatively steady performance, its position in future years may suffer if the government goes ahead with plans to cut funding by 2.5 per cent, which would result in an A$2.8 billion (£1.7 billion) loss in income across the sector.

Both countries, as well as nations in Europe, face competition from rapidly rising institutions in Asia.

Peking University has risen two places to joint 27th, which puts it on a par with New York University and the University of Edinburgh and ahead of the Karolinska Institute.

Tsinghua University has climbed five places to 30th, overtaking the University of Melbourne, Georgia Institute of Technology, LMU Munich and École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne.

Both those Chinese institutions have improved in terms of their reputations for teaching and research this year – meaning that there are now three Asian universities in the top 30 of the ranking for the first time under the current methodology.

Asia’s top university, the National University of Singapore, has risen two places to joint 22nd, meaning that it is level with the University of Toronto and now outranks Carnegie Mellon University. Its president, Tan Chorh-Chuan, said that he was “delighted by [this] strong endorsement of the global reputation, high quality and deep impact of NUS’ education and research”.

ellie.bothwell@timeshighereducation.com

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