IISc in Top 100 World University List Again


Bengaluru’s Indian Institution of Science (IISc) has made it to the top 100 universities in the Times Higher Education’s (THE) World Reputation Rankings 2018 becoming the only Indian institution to be included in the prestigious list for the year. IISc was clubbed between 91-100 ranking group. The institute was clubbed in the same group in the year 2011 but was since then remained out of the top 100 list.

The annual list, which highlights 100 most powerful global universities, is compiled from a globally representative survey of more than senior 1,000 academics and was released on Wednesday. The list id led by Harvard University, MIT and Stanford University in the order of first, second and third respectively followed by UK’s University of Cambridge at fourth.

With Harvard University staying at the top position continuously for eight years and other 43 U.S. institutions making to the top 100 list, it is very clear that the U.S. is dominating the list for a long time. India was featured in the list for the first time in the year 2011 with IISc entering the list and was not seen since then in the top 100. However, IISc made it back once again to the top 100 but remained in the 91-100 band.

The IISc was founded in the year 1909 with only two departments – General & Applied Chemistry and Electrical Technology. But today, the institution has more than 40 departments that are spread across six divisions including Electrical Sciences, Chemical Sciences, Biological Sciences, Mechanical Sciences, Interdisciplinary Research and Physical and Mathematical Sciences.

Phil Baty, THE’s Editorial Director of Global Rankings said, “This new data from more than 10,000 leading scholars across the world demonstrates that the US remains the global higher education superpower by a long, long way – it claims close to half of the world’s top 100 university brand names.”

Despite of the fears that U.S. is suffering a ‘Trump slump’ with regard to its global reputation, the nation has actually further strengthened its position in the world with more institutions finding place in the list while others moved up further.

Even while more and more international students are looking at U.S. as a less attractive option and a constant decline in the applications, the new data from the research shows that U.S. universities still remain as the most highly regarded institutions in the world.

The rankings are based on world’s largest invitation-only academic opinion survey and a unique research and is available in 15 languages. It uses data provided by United Nations as a guide to ensure that the response coverage is as representative of world scholarship as possible and is spread across all academic disciplines evenly.