The Indian Institute of Technology has joined the premier league of best universities in the world. According to the rankings compiled by the Times Higher Education Supplement, India’s premier science and technology education centre is ranked No.57 in the global list.
American and British universities comprised nearly half of the top 100 universities in the world. United States led the way with 33 universities in the top 100, while Britain ranked second with 15. Australia and the Netherlands were next with seven each, while Switzerland and France followed with five. Hong Kong, Japan, Canada and Germany each had three to their credit. China and India, the world’s two most populous countries, had two apiece, along with Singapore, New Zealand and Belgium. Denmark, South Korea, Mexico, Ireland, Austria and Russia all had one university in the top 100.
Harvard University in Massachusetts topped the poll, with Cambridge and Oxford in England coming second and third. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Yale University tied for fourth, with Stanford University and the California Institute of Technology ranking sixth and seventh. The University of California at Berkeley was eighth, Imperial College London was ninth, and Princeton University completed the top 10. The highest-ranking Asian university was Beijing University, coming in at 15th – also the highest rank for a non-US or British institution. Australian National University was Australia’s best at 16th, while France’s Ecole Normale Superieure was continental Europe’s best at 18th. The rankings were compiled by asking 3,703 academics worldwide to name the 30 best universities for research in their field of expertise, along with responses from 736 graduate employers globally, along with the ratio of faculty to students, and the university’s ability to draw foreign students and world-renowned academics.