- The ‘QS World University Rankings: Asia 2020’ was released.
- 8 India universities in Asia top 100, and 96 Indian institutions rank among 550 for the continent.
About: QS World University Rankings
- QS World University Rankings is one of the top international rankings measuring the popularity and performance of universities all over the world.
- The methodology for Asia rankings was compiled using the 11 indicators, including:
- Academic Reputation
- Employer Reputation
- Citations per Paper
- Papers per Faculty
- International Research Network (new)
- International Faculty
- Student to Faculty Ratio
- Staff with PhD
- International Students
- Outbound Exchange Students
- Inbound Exchange Students
Criticism of QS rankings:
- It has been criticized for its overreliance on subjective indicators and reputation surveys, which tend to fluctuate over the years.
- Concern also exists regarding the global consistency and integrity of the data used to generate QS ranking results.
- The National University of Singapore is ranked Asia’s best for the second consecutive year. It is followed by Nanyang Technological University, Singapore and the University of Hong Kong.
- Only Mainland China, with 118 featured universities in the top 550 Asian universities, is more represented than India’s 96.
- While Mainland China has four in the top 10 this year, India does not yet have a university among the top 30.
India specific findings:
- India has 8 among the top 100 universities in Asia, and 96 Indian institutions rank among 550 for the continent.
- The best performing institutions from India are IIT Bombay at 34th position, IIT Delhi at 43rd place and IIT Madras at 50th.
- ‘Academic Reputation’: IIT Bombay is the best Indian university in the ‘Academic Reputation’ indicator, which utilised the insights of academics regarding university quality.
- ‘Employer Reputation’: In the ‘Employer Reputation’ indicator, IIT Bombay ranks 21st in Asia. This indicator utilises the insights of employers regarding the quality of a university’s graduates.
- ‘Staff with PhD’: India dominates the ‘Staff with PhD’ indicator with seven institutions (all IITs) achieving the perfect 100 score.
- Research: In the research indicators, India boasts five universities among the top 50 in the ‘Citations per Paper’ metric, and six among the top 50 in the ‘Papers per Faculty’ metric.