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Asia University Rankings 2018: Indian universities register decline

Tod A. Laursen is the President of Khalifa University of Science Technology and Research in Abu Dhabi United Arab Emirates on 6 February 2018 Vidhyaa for The National Asia University Rankings 2018: Indian universities register decline
Melinda Barton | 08 February, 2018, 09:41

For the first time in the list's six-year history, Tsinghua University is China's top-ranked institution, following across-the-board improvements on its teaching, research, citation impact, worldwide outlook and knowledge transfer.

The main trend of this year's rankings is the continued rise of China, which now claims nearly one in five places on the table. The universities are judged across all of their core missions - teaching, research, knowledge transfer and worldwide outlook - to provide the most comprehensive and balanced comparisons available. Despite this, Indian universities achieved a higher average score this year with an overall improvement in citation performance.

Both NUS and NTU achieved high scores in all areas of the ranking, in particular on citation impact and global outlook.

Other Pakistani universities that managed to make a spot for themselves on the list are National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST on 162), University of Agriculture, Faisalabad (251-300), Bahauddin Zakariya University (301-350), University of Lahore (301-350), University of Peshawar (301-350), PMAS Arid Agriculture University Rawalpindi (301-350), University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, Lahore (UVAS, 301-350) and Government College University Lahore (GCU on 351+).

The IIT Madras saw the biggest decline in the top 200, dropping 41 places to 103 in the "Asia University Rankings 2018".

But with a sharp fall in scores, India's two major higher educational institutions - Indian Institute of Science (IISc) Bangalore and Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay - have dropped two places to 29 and 44 respectively. Improvements in its performance on metrics covering income, research productivity and PhD awards also contributed to its overall score rising. Its only area of decline was teaching reputation.

"We are delighted that NUS continues to be Asia's best in the latest rankings by the Times Higher Education".

The University of the Philippines (UP) ranked 156th among the top universities in Asia.

"The results show that more than two decades of focused investment in excellence [by China] is paying off", Phil Baty, editorial director of global rankings at Times Higher Education, said.

Baty said India was still among the region's leading higher education country even as several of its institutions have registered a decline.