There were no Irish universities named in the top 100 of the Times Higher Education’s (THE) latest University World Rankings list.
Trinity College Dublin (TCD) was best of the Irish, after they moved up seven places from last year to 110th, achieving a score of 56.3%.
It beat University College Dublin (UCD), who dropped 28 places to 187th with a score of 47.9%.
NUI Galway was the third Irish university on the list, standing in 336th place ahead of University College Cork (UCC) and NUI Maynooth, who also made the top 400.
Queens University Belfast (QUB) was named in the top 300. However it was a poor showing for DCU and University of Limerick (UL) who both failed to
make the top 400.
California Institute of Technology was ranked the top university in the world with an overall score of 95.5%, while Oxford and Stanford University shared second place. Harvard University came fourth.
Universities are judged on teaching, international outlook, industry income, research and citations.
Both TCD and UCD scored highest in international outlook and citations, but both were marked poorly in industry income and research.
Irish universities outscored the top universities when it came to international outlook. TCD, UCD and DCU received marks of 84.5%, 76.5% and 75.5% respectively in this category, while California IT and Stanford both received less than 57%.
This category is based on campus diversity, academic collaboration, international to domestic student ratio and the number of journal publications that feature international co-authors.
Earlier this year, DCU ranked 46th in the QS World University Rankings of new universities.
DCU also came 86th in a similar Times Higher Education list of top 100 Universities in the world who are less than 50 years old.
According to THE, ranking universities under 50 years old “provides a glimpse into the future, showcasing not those institutions with centuries of history, but the rising stars which show great potential”.