DCU rises in world university rankings

DCU had been in 79 th place last year but has since moved up to 74 th in the world after the latest assessment by the Higher education organisation.

DCU have jumped 5 places in the Times Higher Education (THE) world university rankings for 2017.

DCU had been in 79th place last year but has since moved up to 74th in the world after the latest assessment by the higher education organisation.

The Young University Rankings, previously known as the THE 150 Under 50, have now been extended to include 200 of the top global institutions established since 1967.  Universities featured are measured on their teaching and research.

The National university of Maynooth also saw an increase in its world rankings as it moved from 68th place  in 2016 to 49th for 2017.

University of Limerick and Dublin Institute of Technology saw no change to their world ranking because once a university is ranked outside the top 100 they are gauged between the 100th to the 150th place without an exact number.

DCU President, Professor Brian MacCraith welcomed the ranking result, saying “An improved performance for DCU in this international ranking is to be welcomed as it raises the profile of both the university and Ireland as a destination for international students, international academic staff and institutional research partners.

“This is particularly significant in a post-Brexit landscape where the reputation of our education and research offerings will be critical if Ireland is to exploit the opportunities presented.” he said.

Many students were also very pleased to learn of DCU’s rise in the young university rankings.

Final year journalism student Andrew Byrne described how this achievement was a testament to the effort and hard work the lecturers of DCU put in to their everyday teaching.

He said “It’s great to see DCU as a whole, but especially the lectures of the college, get the recognition that they deserve for the efforts that they put in everyday that makes college so engaging.”

Paul Dwyer

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