The latest edition of The Times Higher Education, world reputation ranking report is out with Harvard being ranked as the top university in the world for the sixth consecutive year. Sadly, none of the Indian institutes of higher education figure in the latest edition. The list is dominated by the US universities.
China has performed quite well with six of its universities figuring in the list of 200. The world rankings are based on the global survey where more than 13,000 experienced academics from 131 countries had given their opinions on the universities.
Country’s premier institutes like Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs), Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) and the Jawaharlal Nehru University figured in the global list of 200 institutes earlier but have slipped out in the new scoring system.
However, the Indian Institutes of Technology Roorkee, Kharagpur, Delhi, Kanpur and Bombay; Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Indian Institute of Science, University of Delhi and Anna University do figure in the top 100 Asian Universities.
Cambridge has been named as the most highly regarded universities in the world, while Oxford among the United Kingdom's came third in a table that ranked universities exclusively on the basis of “academics” worldwide.
Seven of the United States universities figured in the top 10, followed by the United Kingdom making Japan the only country whose university found a place in the rankings as Tokyo University was placed eighth. The 2010- 2011 edition of the ranking is seventh in the row and this time the rankings are done on the points scored for teaching, research, citation, innovation and international mix of students and teachers. The new methodology of ranking has been adopted to avoid allegations of perception based ranking.
[Source: The Hindu]