What drives global rankings for universities?

What drives global rankings for universities?

After acquiring a place in the top 200 universities of the world, IIT-Bombay has become India’s best university, according to the latest edition of QS World University Rankings released on June 6, 2018.

In total, 24 Indian universities are part of the QS ranking this year out of which there have been five new entries Amrita University, Amity University, Jamia Millia Islamia, Thapar University and Vellore Institute of Technology. Seven of the 24 universities have improved their ranking.

In the past four decades, the growth in higher education across the world has been one of the most remarkable social transformations. India has the youngest population in the world, with 65% of Indians under 35 years old and where 130 million people are expected to be in college-going age bracket in the next decade. As higher education becomes more international, rankings of these educational institutions are carefully monitored by aspiring young Indians.

While the QS rankings focus on employability, there are several global university ranking systems too. The Times Higher Education World University Ranking focuses more on research outcomes, where Indian universities perform poorly. The Shanghai Ranking has just one Indian institution in it too, the Indian Institute of Science, ranked outside the world’s top 300. One of our speakers, Dr Karthik Sridhar has been pioneering an Indian university ranking system called ‘ICARE’ where he is devoted to quality advancement in Indian higher education by fostering global competencies and ushering in a new revolution in the area of ‘World University Rankings’. The single most imperative goal ICARE aims to achieve is ‘to witness the entry of at least 5 of our elite universities in the ‘Top 200 World University Rankings by 2025’.

So why are these rankings important? What does it mean for the students? Come, join our Education Innovation Conference on Sep 4-5 to learn more from key decision makers and influencers from the world of education in India and abroad.

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