QS World University Rankings 2018

15/6/2017 653 Social Issues | Education | View Recent Current Affairs

  • Global education analysts QS Quacquarelli Symonds has released the university ranking for 2018.

Highlight of the survey:

  • Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bengaluru has achieved the highest ever ranking for an Indian university in one of the important parameters in the 2018 rankings.
  • IISc has been ranked number 6 among 959 universities in the QS World University Rankings for ‘Citations per Faculty’ — where the number of times research papers from a university is cited in the research work of others is calculated and calibrated against its faculty strength.
  • King Abdullah University of Science and Technology in Thuwal, Saudi Arabia has topped the list, followed by Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot, Israel, Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology in Gwangju, South Korea, California Institute of Technology, and Princeton University.
  • IISc has, however, lost its position as India’s top ranking university in the QS World University Rankings, falling to an overall rank of 190, and an overall score of 49. IIT-Delhi has replaced it at the top, rising to a rank of 172 from 185 in the 2017 rankings, with an overall score of 50.7.
  • IIT-Bombay has been ranked 179 — up from 219 in 2017 — with a score of 49.7.
  • IISc had an overall rank of 152 in 2017 with a 53.8 score, and a rank of 147 in 2016 with a 62 score.
  • The QS rankings give highest weightage of 40% to academic reputation, followed by faculty-student ratio and citations per faculty (20% each), and employer reputation (10%). I
  • ISc has lost ground in academic reputation — it has scored 38.3, ranking 272 in 2018, having falling from rank 230 with a score of 42.4 in the 2017 QS rankings, and 212 in 2016 with a score of 52.5.
  • IIT-Bombay has ranked 149 for academic reputation with a score of 62.3 in 2018, while IIT-Delhi has ranked 172 with a score of 54.9.
  • IISc’s faculty-student ratio of 56.1 has brought it a ranking of 242 in 2018 — the highest for an Indian university.
  • IIT-Bombay with 403 is next. In 2017, IISc was ranked 161 for faculty-student ratio and, in 2016, 108.

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