IRELAND'S leading universities are failing to meet the grade on the international stage.
There is now no Irish third level college in the top 100 ranking of universities in the world.
Trinity College and University College Dublin, previously held places of 76th and 94th in the ranking.
But their report cards are not showing glowing results as they have slipped to 117th and 159th respectively.
University College Cork (UCC) and NUI Galway have slipped further and are now out of the top 300. DCU and DIT have slipped out of the top 400.
Only NUI Maynooth has increased its ranking and has moved into the top 400.
The Times Higher Education's World University Rankings do not rate the quality of third-level education in Ireland as much as in previous years.