Times Higher Education (THE) World University Ranking (WUR)

Context: India recorded its highest ever number of universities to qualify for the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Ranking (WUR) 2021.

Analysis

  • A total of 63 universities from India qualified for the ranking, however, none could make it to the top 300.
  • China’s Tsinghua University becomes the first-ever Asian university to make the overall top 20.
  • The United States is the most represented country with entries in the top 200, followed by the UK and Germany.
  • UK’s University of Oxford retains top spot for the fifth consecutive year, however, the report noted that “UK’s status as a higher education superpower is under challenge, as institutions from Asia continue to impress.”

Top Indian universities

  • Among India varsities, the highest rank is occupied by IISc yet again, however, IIT-Delhi, Bombay, Madras which are top-rankers in the Indian ranking index were not there in the top slots.
  • This could be because the top seven IITs including Mumbai, Delhi, Kanpur, Guwahati, Madras, Roorkee, and Kharagpur had boycotted THE Ranking last year.
  • India has suffered from a lack of internationalisation within its institutions, which were not attracting as many global scholars, thinkers, or students as much as other countries.
  • India has suffered from a lack of internationalisation within its institutions, which were not attracting as many global scholars, thinkers, or students as much as other countries.

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