Most New Zealand universities improve in global league table

SMU faculty ratio

SMU faculty ratio

Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IIT-B) has improved its position by 10 places in the 2020 Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings.

The University of Auckland retained its place as the top-ranked New Zealand university, dropping three places to 88th, and the University of Otago was second, moving up one place 176th.

Among top 10 Indian institutes are IIT Madras, IIT Kharagpur, IIT Kanpur, IIT Roorkee, University of Delhi, IIT Guwahati and Jadavpur University.

Most other New Zealand universities improved their rankings on the back of academics and employers rating the Kiwi education system and its graduates higher than a year ago.

Massey was the most-improved New Zealand university and is among the top 2 per cent of universities in the world.

China now has 19 of the world's top 200 research universities; it had 12 in 2016.

Massey Vice-Chancellor Professor Jan Thomas said Massey's climb was the result of "the work we all have invested over the years across many different parts of our university".

The QS university rankings are carried out on the basis of teaching and research quality, academic, employer reputation, citations per paper, papers per faculty and internationalisation measures taken by the university. It reflects improved reputation with peers, with stakeholders and the employers of our graduates.

He also noted that an increased investment will enable UM to expand worldwide collaborations, enhance strategic research and industry partnerships, and improve graduate employability, all of which are the university's top priorities.

Only one university in the Emirates - the American University of Dubai - dropped in the global ranking order, with two others maintaining their position.

"Without some real growth in funding and resources, New Zealand runs the risk of being squeezed out of having a place on that list". IIT-Bombay's rise in the ranking is attributed to improvements in its research performance.

Senior Assistant Director at the NTU Corporate Communications Office Feisal Abdul Rahman said in a statement on Wednesday (19 Jun) regarding the university's meteoric rise in the QS World University Rankings: "NTU's current phase of growth in global stature began in January 2018 with the appointment of eminent American scientist and academic leader, Professor Subra Suresh, as its fourth president".

NTU received higher scores than NUS in faculty-to-student ratio and citations per faculty, an indicator of institutional research impact.

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