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Saturday 2 August 2014

Irish universities fail to impress in global rankings

Published 05/03/2014|20:55

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Irish universities have not fared as well as some their global counterparts in the latest list of the world’s most prestigious institutions.

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Our education reputation has taken a knock as the release of the 2014 World Reputation Rankings, examining academic prestige, does not include any universities based here.

Leading institutions Trinity College and University College Dublin have fallen outside the Top 100.

Exactly how they, or any other Irish institutions have been placed, is unknown as those omitted from the rankings are given no indication of how they fared. 

The latest international league table is dominated by well-known US universities, with 46 of their institutions featuring in the top 100; Harvard, Boston MIT and Stanford claiming the top three places. 

The globally recognised rankings, which no Irish university has featured on since its origins in 2011, are based on responses from 10,500 experienced academics worldwide.

Meanwhile, institutions from the UK, our nearest neighbour, have taken 10 spots in the top 100 universities on the list.

However, the new rankings – from the UK-based Times Higher Education – has shown a decline of some of the top UK universities from the top spots.

France and Sweden also performed poorly in the Top 100 as a notable presence of more Eastern institutions can be seen.

Japan, for example, has secured five places while South Korea’s Soeul University has leapt from 41st to 26th place.

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