THE Emerging Economies University Rankings 2019: a global resource

The value of rankings is increasingly being acknowledged, and we are pleased to offer ever more insights and information, says Phil Baty

January 15, 2019
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The 2019 edition of the Times Higher Education World University Rankings, which we published last September, broke records: it was our largest ranking to date, covering 1,258 institutions from 86 territories; it attracted more readers than ever to the THE website; and it garnered more media attention than any of the previous 14 editions of the rankings, with several thousand news articles reaching a potential global audience of hundreds of millions.

So what? you might say.

Well, those figures tell only part of the story. The increased size and depth of the rankings published in September ensures that we now have a broader and richer picture of the developing – and rapidly changing – world of global higher education. Many more institutions and countries outside the rich nations of the global north, which usually dominate world rankings, have now gained a clear position on the world stage, judged against the 13 rigorous global performance indicators that make up the THE World University Rankings.

Indeed, while the US took 172 places in the 2019 world rankings, Japan 103 and the UK 98, we were able to include an impressive 72 institutions from mainland China in the list, along with 32 from Taiwan. India claimed 49 places in the 2019 rankings, while Brazil took 36 places and Russia 35.

The strong levels of participation and engagement with our global data benchmarks have allowed THE to publish this 2019 edition of the Emerging Economies University Rankings with a total of 442 institutions included. Any country classified as an emerging economy by the FTSE Group’s Country Classification process may be included in this ranking.

This means that we can explore thoroughly the vitality of higher education and research in strongly emerging new forces such as Egypt and Malaysia, as well as the traditional emerging powerhouses of China, India and Russia. It also means that we can for the first time recognise dynamic institutions in new countries, including Kazakhstan and Serbia.

And what of the increased global interest in the rankings?

We have always found that the World University Rankings are widely trusted and referenced by governments, university leaders and academics, as well as students and their families, all over the world. But I believe that the increasing popularity and media interest in THE’s rankings reflects a widening acknowledgement by governments and sector leaders of the importance of strong universities – despite some populist detractors – and a growing hunger for independent data to monitor performance.

It also, of course, reflects the growing appetite from more and more young people across emerging nations to pursue higher education and transform their life chances.

THE is delighted to support them all.


Countries/regions represented in the Emerging Economies University Rankings 2019

Country/region

No of institutions in ranking

Top institution

Rank

China

72

Tsinghua University

1

India

49

Indian Institute of Science

14

Brazil

36

University of São Paulo

15

Russian Federation

35

Lomonosov Moscow State University

5

Taiwan

32

National Taiwan University

10

Turkey

23

Sabancı University

20

Egypt

19

Suez Canal University

=114

Mexico

17

Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education

90

Chile

16

Diego Portales University

80

Czech Republic

14

Charles University in Prague

=53

Thailand

14

Mahidol University

=68

Malaysia

11

University of Malaya

=18

Pakistan

9

COMSATS University Islamabad

=137

South Africa

9

University of Cape Town

9

Greece

8

University of Crete

=51

Colombia

7

Pontifical Javeriana University

=95

Hungary

7

Semmelweis University

67

Romania

7

Babeş-Bolyai University

=166

Argentina

5

National University of Cuyo

251–300

 

 

National University of San Martín

251–300

Indonesia

5

University of Indonesia

=82

Jordan

4

Jordan University of Science
and Technology

58

Morocco

4

Mohammed V University of Rabat

201–250

 

 

Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdellah University

201–250

United Arab Emirates

4

Khalifa University

13

Nigeria

3

University of Ibadan

=141

Slovakia

3

Comenius University in Bratislava

201–250

Tunisia

3

University of Sfax

251–300

 

 

University of Tunis El Manar

251–300

Croatia

2

University of Split

=124

Cyprus

2

University of Cyprus

=30

Estonia

2

University of Tartu

=30

Kazakhstan

2

Al-Farabi Kazakh National University

201–250

Latvia

2

Riga Technical University

=196

Lithuania

2

Vilnius University

=180

Peru

2

Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia

=97

Philippines

2

University of the Philippines

=87

Slovenia

2

University of Ljubljana

=134

Bulgaria

1

Sofia University

301–350

Ghana

1

University of Ghana

201–250

Kenya

1

University of Nairobi

301–350

Kuwait

1

Kuwait University

201–250

Oman

1

Sultan Qaboos University

201–250

Qatar

1

Qatar University

32

Serbia

1

University of Belgrade

=189

Sri Lanka

1

University of Colombo

301–350


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