In the latest QS World University Rankings for Asia, India has outpaced China, boasting 148 featured universities, a significant increase of 37 from the previous year. Mainland China secures the second position with 133 universities, while Japan follows closely with 96. Noteworthy performers like IIT-Bombay and IIT-Delhi shine within the top 50, accompanied by five other Indian institutions in the top 100.
The rankings, encompassing 856 institutions from 25 countries, unveiled on Wednesday, showcase IIT-Bombay as leading nationally in both academic and employer reputation indicators. Impressively, India dominates the new entries, with 37 universities making their debut, in contrast to Mainland China’s seven additions.
Ben Sowter, senior vice president at QS, remarks on the increasing visibility of Indian universities, portraying the dynamic expansion of India’s higher education landscape. Despite India trailing in academic and employer reputation compared to the regional average, it excels in papers per faculty, securing the second-best regional result. The country also stands out in faculty with a PhD indicator, with nine of the top 10 universities in Asia.
India’s prowess in research is evident, with seven of Asia’s top 10 universities in terms of papers per faculty. Anna University claims the top spot regionally for research productivity. Challenges, such as a decline in citation per paper, are acknowledged, but the overall outlook is positive. Institutions like Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University express optimism about future improvements in the next ranking cycle.
Notably, North Eastern Hill University in Shillong distinguishes itself by ranking second regionally for its faculty/student ratio, highlighting a commitment to providing students with accessible, high-quality teaching and learning environments.