Trinity, UCD among top 100 universities


TRINITY AND UCD have secured places inside the top 100 in the latest world ranking survey published today.

The Times Higher Education World University Rankingsrank TCD at 76 and UCD at 94.

Ireland was ranked at 17 in the world for the overall quality of its higher education system. The US topped this ranking.

The latest rankings come a week after the QS university rankings placed TCD at 52 and UCD at 114.

No other Irish university features in the rankings of the top 200 colleges. The QS rankings listed the top 500 universities.

Trinity College’s performance places it as the seventh best university in the UK and Ireland.

Many UK institutions may be disappointed with their position, as there are only five British universities in the top 50, and just 14 in the top 100 which is dominated by US colleges.

The Times Higherranks Harvard as the world’s leading university. Last week, QS gave this accolade to Cambridge, the first non-US university to hold the top ranking.

The Times Higher rankings do not take full account of the 6 per cent staff cut across higher education in Ireland.

QS and Times Higher published joint rankings in 2009 but this year they parted company. Both claim their rankings are the most comprehensive .

Yesterday QS released further details of their rankings. The following are their rankings in different disciplines.

  • Arts and humanities: TCD 52, UCD 89, NUI Maynooth 247, NUI Galway 274.
  • Engineering and technology: TCD 99, UCD 1 44, UCC 218.
  • Life sciences and medicine: TCD 81, UCC 115, UCD 134.
  • Natural sciences: TCD 81, UCC 244, UCD 261.
  • Social sciences and management: TCD 72, UCD 116, UCC 272.

Last night, UCD president Dr Hugh Brady said the university’s ranking inside the top 100 in the new Times Higher table was a “considerable achievement given the well-documented strains on the higher education system”.

“This year’s result is particularly gratifying given the broad set of parameters that were assessed in teaching, research and innovation.

“The reality is that rankings are noted at home and abroad by prospective students, internationally mobile staff and multinational companies.

“Today’s result will play a small but important part in the rebuilding of Ireland’s international reputation.”