Dublin City University has regained its position in the QS Top 50 Under 50 rankings, achieving 46th place in the league table of the top young universities in the world.
Last year it failed to make the league, dropping from 44th in 2013, but this year it is the only Irish university to feature in the young university table.
“The ranking has a significant impact on our ability to develop international partnerships and to attract international students and staff to DCU,” said DCU President, Brian MacCraith.
Universities are scored on topics such as academic reputation, employer reputation and faculty-student ratio.
DCU features in the league along with eight UK based Universities, with the Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU) coming out on top.
“This success has been achieved despite a very challenging funding environment that has had a direct and negative impact on some of the key rankings criteria such as faculty-student ratios,” said MacCraith.
“Third level education must be a made a priority within the national agenda as it is in the interest of no one for the quality and reputation of our national education to slide. Fundamental to a sustainable Irish economy and a healthy society is investment in education, at all levels,” he continued.
In a separate report on innovation in 19 Irish higher education institutions, DCU has been ranked in first place for its innovative culture.
Earlier this year, DCU was ranked 353rd in the QS Global University Rankings while Trinity and UCD were ranked 78th and 154th respectively.