The University of Oxford in the UK retains its top spot for the fifth consecutive year Credit: Pixabay

India has recorded its highest-ever number of universities to make it into the list of the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Ranking (WUR) for 2021. A total of 63 universities in India qualified for the ranking. However, none of the 63 universities made the top 300.

While the bounce of 14 more institutions is the very best managed by any nation in South Asian till date, it is China that is getting the cheers as its Tsinghua University becomes the first-ever Asian college to make the top 20.

The United States (US) recorded the highest number of representation with 59 entries appearing in the top 200 universities, with the United Kingdom (UK) following closely with 29 and then Germany with 21 universities in the top 200 global universities ranking.

The assessed the productivity and efficiency of over 1,527 universities from a total of 93 nations. Their assessment was based on several parameters in addition to utilizing educational background analysis, worldwide outlook and information switch.

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The University of Oxford in the UK retains its top spot for the fifth consecutive year, with several reports now claiming that the UK’s status as a higher education powerhouse is currently under threat with a possible usurp from various universities in Asia as they undergo rapid development. Among universities in the UK’s top 20 ranked institutions, only five universities have been able to improve their place in the rank.

THE also claims that the US additionally will witness the current improvement from Asian universities affecting its total productivity and efficiency. A spokesperson from THE says, “50% of the US’s top 20 performing universities from last year’s ranking failed to maintain their position. Over the past five years, the US has lost 4 positions in the overall top 200.”

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Among India varsities, the highest rank is occupied by Indian Institute of Science (IISc) yet again

This current Asian academic surge can be credited to China. China’s Tsinghua University leads the forward movement of Asian universities. The present educational methodology employed in 2011 by the Tsinghua University resulted in its break into THE WUR top 20.

Among India varsities, the highest rank is occupied by IISc yet again, however, IIT-Delhi, Bombay, Madras, which are top-rankers in the Indian ranking index, were not there in the top slots. Seven IITs had last year boycotted THE Ranking

“India has previously suffered from a lack of internationalisation within its institutions, which were not attracting as many global scholars, thinkers, or students as much as other countries. The recent announcement of the New Education Policy, the first of its kind since 1986, could be a great step in the right direction for India. With proposed comprehensive changes to Indian higher education, such as the approval for foreign universities to open campuses in India, the policy is an incredibly exciting turning point for the country. It opens the door for universities around the world to benefit from the talent and research of students and staff from India, which will positively reflect on the country in future WUR,” said Phil Baty, Chief Knowledge Officer at Times Higher Education, in an official launch.

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