Cambridge University climbs world rankings to number two spot

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The Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2018 has released its list, but not a single Indian institute has made it to the top 100.

The University of Science and Technology climbed from 49th to 44th place, while Chinese University jumped 18 places - the most among the city's six institutions - from 76th to 58th.

In all, nine Irish institutions make the 1000-strong list, with University College Cork, Dublin City University, Maynooth University, University of Limerick and Dublin Institute of Technology also making the grade.

IIT Delhi slipped to 501-600 band from its previous year band of 351-400 while IIT Kanpur also falls from 401-500 to 501-600. The top slots in the ranking are dominated by United Kingdom and United States, while the University of Oxford has been ranked number 1, University of Cambridge follows at number 2 and California Institute of Technology shares the third spot with Stanford University.

"The School's continued position as a world-leading university is a credit to our diverse community of scholars, staff, students and alumni".

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Other UK institutions to rank highly were Imperial College London in eighth place and University College London in 16th.

The Times higher education rankings consider the number of research papers published by the university or cited in other academic material, academic performance, teaching and global outlook. The policy also prevents universities from hiring worldwide scholars for long-term faculty positions.

Globally, the University of Oxford is still in top place, while the University of Cambridge is second.

"China, Hong Kong and Singapore all invest very heavily in their university systems". "This year's table is testament to just how competitive global higher education has become, with the top 1,000 universities hailing from 77 different countries", he said.

According to The Irish Times, THE's editorial director of the rankings, Phil Baty, shared a similar sentiment, warning that Ireland's global standing "is likely to decline if funding does not increase and institutions are not given greater autonomy".

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