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Trinity College Dublin remains Ireland’s leading university in the country and climbs to 146th place in the Times Higher Education 2022 World Ranking. Photo: iStock

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Some of Ireland’s best universities have made it into the latest world rankings. However, there is mixed news for other colleges that have either slipped or held last year’s positions.

Trinity College Dublin remains Ireland’s leading university, climbing nine places to 146th in the Times Higher Education 2022 world rankings.

The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland – now known as the RCSI University of Medicine and Health Sciences – and UCD jointly took second place among the top ranked institutions in the republic in the 201-250 category.

UCD improved, by climbing from the 251-300 category to the top 201-250 while RCSI maintained its ranking from last year.

UCC also did well, climbing from the 301-350 category to the 251 category this year -300.

NUI Galway slipped 301-350 to 351-400 last year, while DCU retained its position in 501-600.

Maynooth University is 401-500 last year in the 501-60 category 0 increased down. Similarly, the University of Limerick slipped into the 601-800 category, up from 501-600 last year.

The Technological University Dublin – formed from the merger of DIT, IT Tallaght and IT Blanchardstown – fell outside the top 1,000 and slipped from the 801-1,000 category to the top 1,001-1,200.

The Times Higher Education global university ranking includes just over 1,600 universities in 99 countries and regions.

The rankings are based on performance indicators in five areas: teaching; Research; Quotations; international perspective; and industry income.

The improved performance of some top Irish universities is seen as an encouraging move after increasing investment in the sector in recent years.

However, the shift between four universities should make the need for one in the higher education sector sustainable Refocusing on what is called the Funding Model.

Trinity said its improved outcome was supported by strong research and citations, two of the main categories on which the total score is based.

Trinity’s Dean of Research, Prof. Wolfgang Schmitt , said: “Excellence in research and teaching are the basis of our university’s activities. . . This ranking underscores Trinity’s reputation as a modern, international academic institution. « 

RCSI Managing Director Prof. Cathal Kelly said this year’s achievement was particularly significant as the employees continue to do » world-class research and, despite the immense challenges, The pandemic presents us with an engaging academic experience « .

 » Reputation ratings for teaching and research have risen and the position for ‘international focus’ remains strong, while industry revenues for research have steadily increased. « 

The UK University of Oxford – which played a key role in the global search for a Covid-19 vaccine – retains overall rankings for the sixth year in a row.

This is followed by the California Institute of Technology and Harvard University ( jointly second), Stanford University (fourth) and the University of Cambridge (fifth).

China’s rapid rise to the ranki ngs continues, claiming its highest ranking all-time, with Tsinghua University and Peking University sharing 16th place.

Phil Baty, Chief Knowledge Officer of the Times Higher Education, said that while the elite universities the world have enjoyed a long time at the top of the table, there are “clear shifts” in higher education around the world.

“We are already seeing a marked disruption of established norms in mainland China, and record highs in Japan , South Korea, Singapore and Hong Kong show that Asia continues to benefit from the concentration and investment in higher education across the continent, « he said.

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