A rankings showcase for the BRICS

BRICS and emerging economies are learning to compete globally, says World University Rankings editor Phil Baty

December 2, 2015
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View the full results of the BRICS & Emerging Economies Rankings 2016

“The production of new knowledge should not be the preserve of the rich and powerful countries of the world.”

These words, written for Times Higher Education back in 2012 by University of Cape Town vice-chancellor Max Price, provide something of a mission statement for the THE BRICS & Emerging Economies Rankings.

“In a globalised economy,” he wrote, “if a country cannot integrate reasonably competitively into global systems of trade, finance, communications and data, production, quality assurance and global markets, it cannot develop. If a developing country is not independently competent to advocate its position in global policy debates…it will not be able to protect and promote its interests.”

This is what the THE BRICS & Emerging Economies Rankings are all about. More and more nations are recognising the huge economic and social value of nurturing globally competitive research universities. More and more universities need performance data to monitor their progress against tough, trusted, global benchmarks. More and more ambitious students, and their families, need clear performance data to help them to navigate a burgeoning but often variable and confusing global higher education sector.

This ranking showcases the leading research-intensive universities from the so-called “BRICS” nations – Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa – and all other countries defined by the FTSE as “advanced emerging”, “secondary emerging” or “frontier economies”. Some 48 countries are eligible for inclusion, and a total of 35 countries made the final top 200 ranking. Last year, there were 100 universities in just 18 countries in the top ranking.

The universities included are judged against the same rigorous, exacting performance indicators that are used in the THE World University Rankings, but the indicator weightings have been specially recalibrated to better reflect the profile and priorities of the nations concerned (view the full methodology).

With more performance data to benchmark their progress, with greater global visibility and with greater recognition of their strengths, we expect to see more and more of the universities in this list challenging, over time, for their place among the traditional elites in the overall world university rankings.

As Max Price wrote: “This is about not being merely consumers of others’ innovations and ideas but being explorers and shapers of the future.”

Phil Baty
Editor, Times Higher Education World University Rankings
Twitter: @Phil_Baty

Countries represented in the BRICS & Emerging Economies Rankings 2016 top 200

Country     Number of institutions in top 200 Top institution Rank
China 39 Peking University 1
Taiwan 24 National Taiwan University 5
India 16 Indian Institute of Science 16
Russian Federation 15 Lomonosov Moscow State University 3
Brazil 14 University of São Paulo 9
Turkey 9 Koç University 13
Czech Republic 8 VŠB – Technical University of Ostrava 39
Thailand 7 Mahidol University 54
Greece 7 University of Crete 33
Chile 6 Federico Santa María Technical University 47
South Africa 6 University of Cape Town 4
Hungary 6 Semmelweis University =64
Poland 5 University of Warsaw =71
Malaysia 4 Universiti Teknologi Malaysia 56
Romania 3 Babeș-Bolyai University =97
Egypt 3 Alexandria University
Suez Canal University
Morocco 2 Mohammed V University of Rabat 191
Slovakia 2 Comenius University in Bratislava 135
Mexico 2 National Autonomous University of Mexico 23
Pakistan 2 Quaid-i-azam University =107
Slovenia 2 University of Maribor =104
Colombia 2 University of the Andes 101
Jordan 2 Jordan University of Science and Technology =163
United Arab Emirates 2 United Arab Emirates University =81
Estonia 2 University of Tartu =31
Lithuania 1 Vilnius University =116
Cyprus 1 University of Cyprus 28
Nigeria 1 University of Ibadan =193
Ghana 1 University of Ghana =142
Kenya 1 University of Nairobi =174
Serbia 1 University of Belgrade =150
Indonesia 1 University of Indonesia =171
Oman 1 Sultan Qaboos University 109
Bangladesh 1 University of Dhaka =189
Qatar 1 Qatar University =90

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