Ten Indian institutes have made it to the top 100 in the Asia University Rankings 2014 published by Times Higher Education. In 2013, only three institutes were in the top 100.
Panjab University’s dream run continued as it led the Indian tally at 32nd place, followed by the IIT-Kharagpur (45) and IIT-Kanpur (55). Jadavpur University (76), Aligarh Muslim University (80) and Jawaharlal Nehru University (90) also made the cut.
Panjab University’s citation record gives it an edge over IITs and other varsities.
“India is the most improved nation in this year’s rankings by far. While it had only three top 100 institutions in 2013, it now has 10, thanks to the Indian academy’s growing engagement with the rankings process,” said a press statement by Times Higher Education.
Phil Baty, editor of the rankings, said the newly-elected government could raise the prospects for India’s education sector.
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China emerged as the rising star in the rankings, while Japan retained its supremacy, leading the rankings with the University of Tokyo.
While Japan has 20 universities in the list, China has notched up 18 places, up from 15 last year. South Korea follows with 14 institutions.
Hong Kong has six representatives in the rankings — all among the top 50. Singapore is represented by the National University of Singapore at second position and Nanyang Technological University at number 11. A total of 13 nations have found a place on the rankings with five countries — Japan, Singapore, Hong Kong, South Korea and China — among the top 10.
Turkey has five institutes, all in the top 40, while Iran, Saudi Arabia and Israel have three institutes each. Lebanon has one institute in the top 100, while Malaysia and the UAE failed to find a place this year.
The rankings employ 13 performance indicators such as teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook to examine each university’s strengths.