Emerging Economies University Rankings 2021

The Times Higher Education Emerging Economies University Rankings 2021 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. However, they have different weightings to reflect the development priorities of universities in emerging economies.

View the Emerging Economies University Rankings 2021 methodology

Mainland China is the first territory to secure all of the top five positions in the ranking, with Tsinghua University leading the list for the third year running. It is also the most represented country in the ranking, with 91 institutions in total.

India’s top-performing university, the Indian Institute of Science, has climbed back to the top 15 this year, ranking at joint 14th. Meanwhile, in Russia, Peter the Great St Petersburg Polytechnic University and Tomsk State University both move into the top 50 for the first time, and Malaysia has three top-100 institutions for the first time.

Elsewhere in the BRICS countries, Brazil’s (and Latin America’s) leading institution, the University of São Paulo, rises one place to 13th and the country’s two other top-100 representatives also make gains. In South Africa, the University of Cape Town retains its position in the top 10 and remains the top performing institution in Africa.

Overall, there are 606 universities in the ranking this year, up from 533 in 2020, and 48 territories are represented, one more than last year.

Read our story on Emerging Economies universities improving at a faster rate than institutions in the rest of the world

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Countries eligible for the Emerging Economies University Rankings 2021:

Advanced emerging:

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

Secondary emerging:

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


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

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