Emerging Economies University Rankings 2020

The Times Higher Education Emerging Economies University Rankings 2020 includes only institutions in countries classified by the London Stock Exchange’s FTSE Group as “advanced emerging”, “secondary emerging” or “frontier”.

The rankings use the same 13 performance indicators as the THE World University Rankings to judge institutions on their teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook. But they are recalibrated to reflect the development priorities of universities in emerging economies.

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Mainland China claims the top four places in the ranking and is also the most-represented country overall, with 81 institutions. Russia, Taiwan and South Africa are the only other territories that feature in the top 10.

India is still second in the country list based on representation, with 56 institutions, while Brazil is third with 46.

Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia is home to the top new entrant in the table – King Abdulaziz University at 13th place – after the country gained “secondary emerging” status in the FTSE list last year.

Overall, 533 universities from 47 countries or regions are included in the ranking.

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Countries eligible for the Emerging Economies University Rankings 2020:

Advanced emerging:

Brazil, Czech Republic, Greece, Hungary, Malaysia, Mexico, South Africa, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey

Secondary emerging:

Chile, China, Colombia, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Kuwait, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, Qatar, Russian federation, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates


Argentina, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Botswana, Bulgaria, Côte d’Ivoire, Croatia, Cyprus, Estonia, Ghana, Iceland, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Malta, Mauritius, Morocco, Nigeria, Oman, Palestine, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sri Lanka, Tunisia, Vietnam

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