According to an announcement made by Times Higher Education
regarding 200 top most international universities in the world, it was found
that there is not even a single Indian higher education institute that has
qualified that list.
The crown for number one went to London as being the world's
number one city for international universities. London has more than top 200
institutions as compared to whole of the US, Canada and France combined.
The list contains institutions from 28 countries but none of
them are from India.
The ranking is based from compilation of data containing
each institution's proportion of international staff, proportion of
international students and proportion of research papers with help of one
author from another country.
The institution that has topped the list is Qatar University
and it's the first time that a Middle Eastern institution has topped the list.
From last five years, it was leader Ecole Polytechnique
Federale de Lausanne in Switzerland that was topping the list. This time it has
slipped to fourth place.
The rest of the list includes- University of Luxembourg
(second), University of Hong Kong (third), University of Geneva (fifth),
University of Macau (sixth), ETH Zurich - Swiss Federal Institute of Technology
Zurich (seventh), University of St Gallen (eighth) and the National University
of Singapore (ninth).
As mentioned earlier, London has a strong position with 15
institutions. Also, Imperial College London securing 10th place.
Its other institutions include- University College London
(18th), King's College London (20th), London School of Economics and Political
Science (22nd), Queen Mary University of London (23rd) and Royal Holloway,
University of London (30th). They all feature in the top 30 list.
As per Phil Baty
(Times Higher Education World University Rankings editor), how an institutions
thinks globally clearly marks its presence as a prestigious university. They
hire international faculty and attract students globally producing top talent.
Mayor of London Boris Johnson also commented saying that
London is not only the home of the most prestigious universities but it is
welcoming as well. London is profound for its creativity and innovation along
with its unique culture. It has an appeal that's why it attracts the brightest
brains in the world.