Irish universities rise in global ranking

Six researchers, including two from Trinity and one from UCD, have been awarded the EU Commission Consolidator Grants which are valued at €2 million.

Five of Irelands top universities have climbed higher in the latest set of global rankings, with Trinity College Dublin being the highest-ranking university in Ireland.

The QS (Quacquarelli Symonds) World University Rankings advised that the improved performance in the ranking of universities, is connected to a stronger academic reputation and a higher number of international professors as faculty members in these universities.

According to the World University Rankings, Trinity College remains Ireland highest ranking university at 101, after climbing seven places from last year.

University College Dublin (UCD) rose eight places to rank at 177. While NUI Galway went up 21 places and University College Cork (UCC), also rose 21 places.

Maynooth University remained in the same ranking group at 701-750, while both Technological University Dublin (TUD) and Dublin City University (DCU) dropped in the ranking from the previous year.

The rankings according to QS are based on a number of key factors including student-staff ratios, employer reputation and the international nature of faculty and staff.

The Higher Education Authority estimates that Irish universities are facing a €500 million deficit over this year and next year due to the drop in international students studying at Irish universities.

The Department of Education has indicated that only limited funds may be available to universities.

The improved ranking of Irish universities has come at a challenging time for the third-level sector due to long-term funding issues and the major disruption caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

Professor Linda Doyle, Trinity’s dean of research said that the university is pleased with its improved ranking, despite the increasingly challenging landscape and significant improvements can only be achieved if there is a long-term increase in investment.

She continued: “All Irish universities have performed well in these rankings, especially when considering the continued under-investment and significant challenges we face in competing with other universities around the globe that are more robustly supported by government.”

Overall, the highest-ranking university for a consecutive year was Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), followed by Stanford University, Harvard University and California Institute of Technology.

Shauna Burdis

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