Iran Ranks 48th in 2019 Higher Education Ranking

Wednesday, April 10, 2019 - 16:24

Universitas 21 (U21) has released the latest of eight annual reports in terms of higher education achievements.

According to a rankings report by the Universitas 21 (U21) group, the 2019 U21 ranking of national higher education systems has been produced by a team headed by Professor Ross Williams at the University of Melbourne in Australia.

The report names the overall top three countries as the United States, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. These three are followed by Sweden, Denmark, Canada, Singapore, Australia, Finland and the Netherlands, and together they comprise the top 10 nations in terms of higher education. Of the 50 nations ranked, the last five are Thailand, Mexico, Iran, India and Indonesia in last place.

But a table of the rankings also includes the 2018 ranking as a comparison and this shows that while the top five nations in 2019 retain the same places as the previous year, scores for others can vary widely. So while Canada jumps two places to sixth, and Australia moves from 10th to eighth spot, Singapore drops from seventh to ninth and the Netherlands from sixth to 10th.

In the report, Universitas 21 is described as “the leading global network of research intensive universities”. Its annual review of higher education systems takes a different tack to that of other university rankings because it evaluates “systems of higher education and not simply the higher education institutions themselves”.

“The analysis examines the education and training of a country's people, the development of relationships between higher education institutions and external stakeholders and the production of innovative research,” says Williams and a University of Melbourne colleague, Ann Leahy, in their summary of the findings.

As part of the survey, the team used 24 measures of performance grouped into four modules: resources, environment, connectivity and output, while also separately examining a number of higher education institutions within each nation.

The rankings report provides a separate analysis based on estimates of each country’s performance relative to its level of gross domestic product (GDP) per capita and also summaries describing the key points for each of the 50 countries.

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