DCU scores in the top 50 of the best young colleges in the world

Dublin City University is the only Irish university to feature on the list of the top 50 young universities in the world, scoring 46th on the list.

To be awarded a place on the list each university was evaluated on a number of factors including academic performance, faculty- student ratio, international nature of the university, research publications per academic staff and citations per paper.  

President of DCU, Professor Brian MacCraith had this to say of the achievement, “We are delighted with this ranking that recognises the quality of our graduates and the excellent learning experience of DCU students, the impact of our research output and our international outlook”.

The international nature of DCU was measured by both staff and students.

“The ranking has a significant impact on our ability to develop international partnerships and to attract international students and staff to DCU,” continued MacCraith.

He said that it was important to remember the financial difficulties that third level education institutes are experiencing at the moment.

“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.”  

This comes after the launch of DCU/Shaping the Future, a fundraising initiative intended to tackle funding issues with regards to future education, innovation and creativity.   

MacCraith reinforced the message that “Our future prosperity, our innovation ecosystem, and the quality of our shared society are all dependent on a thriving education system which is geared towards developing leaders, critical thinkers and problem solvers.”

While Hong Kong universities dominate the list’s top ten, it is the newer Spanish universities that govern much of the list overall.

Tara Sperrin

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