DCU failed to make the grade and missed out on a place in the top 100 universities in the world.
No Irish university received a place in the Times Higher Education’s ranking of the world’s 100 top universities.
Trinity College Dublin was the highest placed Irish university on the list, coming in at 138th place.
UCD, NUI Galway and UCC all ranked between the 200 and 300 marks.
Last year, NUIG came in 261st place, with UCC ranking coming in between 275 and 300.
The prestigious Harvard University scooped the top spot, with Cambridge University, Oxford University, MIT and Stanford University rounding out the top five.
US universities Berkeley, Princeton, Yale, Caltech and Columbia made up the rest of the top 10.
Last year, Caltech came in first place, beating Harvard to the top spot.
This year’s top 100 features 12 UK universities, while last year’s results had only two.
France, Australia and the Netherlands all had five universities that made the cut.
The rankings are based on survey responses from 9,800 academics in 142 countries.
Survey respondents nominate the 10 best institutions in their own area of expertise.
No Irish university has ever been placed in the Times Higher Education top 100.
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