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No Irish colleges among top 100

NOT a single Irish university has made the list of the top 100 ranked institutions in the world.

The ranking is put together by some of the world's leading academics.

Well-known universities in the US dominate the latest international league table, based on academic reputation or university brands, with Harvard University, MIT in Boston and Stanford University claiming the top three spots. Forty-six US institutions feature in the top 100, while the UK has 10.

The latest 2014 World Reputation Rankings from the UK-based Times Higher Education examines academic prestige and is based on responses from 10,500 experienced academics who were asked to nominate 15 of the best institutions in their particular field.


Rankings editor Phil Baty said it was worrying for Ireland that no universities are on the list as global reputation is a key factor in attracting top international talent and investment.

It also highlights evidence of an academic shift in power from west to east, with a noted reputational decline in the UK, France and Sweden.

Institutions in the west have been suffering from economic constraints, with state third-level funding in Ireland dropping 14pc in real terms over the past decade.

Mr Baty said no Irish university had featured in the top 100 list since the rankings, carried out by Thompson Reuters, were first published in 2011.

Trinity was the "highest in terms of reputation", yet still fell far short of making the list.