Emerging Economies University Rankings 2022: glimpse into the future

Transformational nationwide changes are reflected in a dynamic landscape

October 19, 2021
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The annual launch of our World University Rankings is our flagship event of the year; millions flock to our website to explore the data, while hundreds of articles are published by the world’s media.

Our Emerging Economies University Rankings attract less fanfare. But of all our rankings it provides a glimpse into the potential future landscape of higher education, revealing the developing systems that are making the most progress and challenging the established players (our Young University Rankings provide a similar insight at the institutional, rather than the system, level).

The Emerging ranking is, by its nature, a dynamic list. Many of the countries featured are undergoing periods of immense transformation economically, politically and socially and their universities are often at the forefront of this change.

One of these countries is India, which has huge ambitions to reform higher education under its National Education Policy. We explore the progress that has been made so far and what the future holds for the country’s universities in our analysis.

The results of the Emerging Economies University Rankings 2022 show that mainland China has reinforced its leading position, not only taking all five of the top positions, as was the case last year, but also 10 of the top 15 (up from eight). Peking University swaps places with Tsinghua University to claim the number one spot, after further increasing its lead on teaching environment and international outlook. (It is worth noting that the two universities are neck-and-neck in our World University Rankings owing to the different metric weightings in the two tables.)

But China is not the only system with a new top university. Strikingly, 10 other territories – Cyprus, Egypt, Ghana, Greece, Latvia, Lithuania, Mexico, Serbia, South Africa and Vietnam – all have a new name leading their cohort of institutions this year, while in Tunisia and Bulgaria new institutions now share the national top spots with last year’s leaders.

Among those, University of Cape Coast makes its debut at joint 52nd to become Ghana’s highest-ranked institution ever, while Ton Duc Thang University enters straight into the top 100 at 82nd in just the third year that Vietnam has featured in the table. Latvia, Lithuania and Serbia also have newly ranked universities leading their countries this year.

Overall, 698 universities feature in the 2022 Emerging rankings, up from 606 last year. As a result, Russia has overtaken Brazil as the third most-represented nation in the ranking, with 60 institutions (up from 48), and Egypt and Pakistan have both leapfrogged Chile. Palestine and Tanzania feature in the ranking for the first time, with the former’s An-Najah National University joining the top 100 at joint 94th place.

Welcome to all of the newcomers. We look forward to monitoring your development and seeing what your future holds.

ellie.bothwell@timeshighereducation.com


Countries/regions represented in the THE Emerging Economies University Rankings 2022

Country/region

No of institutions in ranking

Top institution

Rank

China

97

Peking University

1

India

71

Indian Institute of Science

18

Russian Federation

60

Lomonosov Moscow State University

6

Brazil

59

University of São Paulo

19

Turkey

54

Sabancı University

44

Taiwan

40

National Taiwan University (NTU)

9

Egypt

23

Aswan University

=115

Pakistan

21

Quaid-i-Azam University

=105

Chile

20

Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile

=48

Czech Republic

18

Charles University in Prague

=78

Malaysia

18

University of Malaya

=36

Mexico

17

Monterrey Institute of Technology

=144

Thailand

17

Mahidol University

87

Romania

16

Bucharest University of Economic Studies

=157

Saudi Arabia

15

King Abdulaziz University

14

Indonesia

14

University of Indonesia

=140

Greece

13

National and Kapodistrian University of Athens

62

Hungary

11

Semmelweis University

=33

South Africa

11

University of the Witwatersrand

15

Colombia

10

Pontifical Javeriana University

149

Slovakia

7

Pavol Jozef Šafárik University in Košice

251–300

Morocco

6

Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdellah University

301–350

Nigeria

6

University of Ibadan

=107

Tunisia

6

University of Carthage, University of Manouba, University of Sfax, University of Tunis El Manar

401–500

Jordan

5

Jordan University of Science and Technology

=84

Lithuania

5

Lithuanian University of Health Sciences

=166

United Arab Emirates

5

Khalifa University

21

Vietnam

5

Ton Duc Thang University

82

Estonia

4

University of Tartu

39

Latvia

4

Riga Stradinš University

=115

Bangladesh

3

University of Dhaka

251–300

Croatia

3

University of Split

301–350

Cyprus

3

University of Cyprus

=64

Ghana

3

University of Cape Coast

=52

Kazakhstan

3

Al-Farabi Kazakh National University

351–400

Peru

3

Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia

=160

Serbia

3

University of Kragujevac

128

Slovenia

3

University of Ljubljana

=195

Bulgaria

2

Sofia University, Technical University of Sofia

501+

Iceland

2

University of Iceland

50

Philippines

2

University of the Philippines

131

Sri Lanka

2

University of Peradeniya

=113

Botswana

1

University of Botswana

351–400

Kenya

1

University of Nairobi

=134

Kuwait

1

Kuwait University

251–300

Malta

1

University of Malta

=197

Oman

1

Sultan Qaboos University

=179

Palestine

1

An-Najah National University

=94

Qatar

1

Qatar University

=33

Tanzania

1

University of Dar es Salaam

501+

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