Tuesday 27 September 2016

DCU jumps 20 places in global rankings

Published 30/04/2015 | 02:30

DCU Students Hamed Al Hadhrami, Ivan Chafardeth, Shou Han, Binesh Nair and Robins Mwanga at the 2015 THE Young Universities Summit in Dublin City University. Photo: Nick Bradshaw
DCU Students Hamed Al Hadhrami, Ivan Chafardeth, Shou Han, Binesh Nair and Robins Mwanga at the 2015 THE Young Universities Summit in Dublin City University. Photo: Nick Bradshaw

Dublin's youngest university has jumped almost 20 places to 75th in the global top 100 list of third-level colleges that are less than 50 years old.

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Dublin City University (DCU) has moved up from 92nd place, in a rankings of new generation colleges with the potential to challenge centuries-old institutions. Switzerland's École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne is No 1 while East Asian institutions dominate at the top.

DCU is one of two colleges in the Republic to make it into the UK-based Times Higher Education (THE) Top 100 Under 50 2015. Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) is 94th.

The publication of the rankings coincides with the prestigious THE Young Universities Summit, being hosted at DCU this week.

Rankings editor Phil Baty said DCU's "dynamism and determination to make its mark globally" was demonstrated by its decision to host the summit, putting it "at the heart of the debate about how new institutions can compete with rivals that have had centuries to develop".

He attributed DCU's improved placing to how it was viewed internationally and how well it was rated by employers.

DCU president Professor Brian MacCraith said their performance reflected a sustained commitment to teaching excellence, focussing research on pressing world problems and engagement with community and industry, both nationally and globally.

Irish Independent

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