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No Indian University in World’s Top 100 list

Harvard University remains number one in a ranking of 100 most prestigious education institutions across the world. Picture Reuters.

In the latest of The Times Higher Education (THE) World Reputation Rankings 2015, no Indian Universities figured in the top 100 lists. Brazil, Russia and China, the other BRICS nations, have at least one of its universities in the list, makes India’s absence even more stark.

How Universities of the world stand on the list:

  • Among the list, Harvard continues to top followed by Cambridge and Oxford.
  • The Massachusetts Institute of Technology is pushed to the fourth position.
  • Among Asian nations, University of Tokyo of Japan stood at 12th spot.
  • The United States took eight of the top 10 positions and 43 of the top 100 places, down from 46 last year followed by Britain, which has 12 such universities, up from 10 last year and nine in 2013.
  • Among BRIC nations, Russia’s Lomonosov Moscow State University achieved its highest position yet at the 25th spot.
  • Brazil’s University of Sao Paulo jumped from the 81-90 group to the 51-60 band.
  • China too has gained ground as its top institution, Tsinghua University, rose 10 places to 26th, while Peking University too moved up nine places to reach the 32nd spot.

How the survey was carried:

  • THE’s World Reputation Ranking is based entirely on reputation.
  • World Reputation Rankings are based on 10,507 responses from 142 countries conducted between December 2014 and January 2015.
  • It is created from a worldwide survey of 10,000 academics and developed further based on their expert but subjective opinion.
  • In all, 21 countries are represented in the list.


  • Times Higher Education Rankings editor Phil Baty said that, India having an intellectual history with its huge and growing economic power does not have a single university among the top is a matter of concern.
  • It is time India gave more support to its leading universities to ensure that they can compete on a world stage.

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