The 20th edition of the World’s Best Universities by the Times Higher Education (THE) rankings has been unveiled, showcasing the top higher education institutions globally. Oxford University in the United Kingdom has clinched the coveted first place for an unprecedented eighth consecutive year, with Stanford University in the United States securing second place. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) is third in the rankings. The 2024 edition is the largest to date, featuring 1,904 universities from 108 countries and regions, evaluated across 18 performance indicators reflecting their core missions.
Top 10 Universities Worldwide
British and American Dominance
The list’s top 10 universities is a blend of British and American institutions. Leading the pack is the University of Oxford, followed by Stanford University, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Harvard University, University of Cambridge (UK), Princeton University, California Institute of Technology (Caltech), Imperial College London, University of California, Berkeley, and Yale University round out the top 10. This list continues to be predominantly dominated by U.S. universities.
Indian Universities Make Significant Strides
91 Indian Universities Ranked
India, a burgeoning force in higher education, has seen notable growth in the latest World University Rankings 2024. A total of 91 Indian universities have secured positions on the list, surpassing last year’s count of 75. This surge in representation highlights India’s commitment to fostering academic excellence and research across its institutions.
Indian Institute of Science (IISc) Takes the Top Spot
The Indian Institute of Science (IISc) Bangalore has made history by securing the top position among Indian universities. This achievement marks the first time since 2017 that IISc has claimed the top spot, underscoring its dedication to research and academic prowess.
IITs Continue Boycott
Intriguingly, the top Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) have continued their longstanding boycott of the rankings for the fourth consecutive year. Their absence from the rankings raises questions about the methodology or criteria used by the rankings, which have not aligned with the IITs’ assessment of academic excellence.
India Rises in Global Representation
India’s ascent in the 2024 rankings extends beyond the number of universities featured. India has now risen to become the fourth most well-represented nation, advancing from sixth place in the previous year’s rankings. This upward trajectory reflects the increasing recognition of Indian universities on the global stage.
Other High-Performing Indian Universities
Among the Indian universities making notable strides in the rankings are Anna University, Jamia Millia Islamia, Mahatma Gandhi University, and Shoolini University of Biotechnology and Management Sciences. These institutions have secured positions within the 501-600 band, reaffirming their commitment to academic excellence and research contributions.
Here’s the list of Indian universities ranked among top 800-1000 band
|Indian Institute of Science Bangalore|
|Jamia Millia Islamia|
|Mahatma Gandhi University|
|Shoolini University of Biotechnology and Management Sciences|
|Aligarh Muslim University|
|Banaras Hindu University|
|Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati|
|Indian Institute of Technology (Indian School of Mines) Dhanbad|
|Indian Institute of Technology Patna|
|International Institute of Information Technology, Hyderabad|
|Jamia Hamdard University|
|Jawaharlal Nehru University|
|Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology, Bhubaneswar|
|Malviya National Institute of Technology|
|Manipal Academy of Higher Education|
|National Institute of Technology Rourkela|
|National Institute of Technology Silchar|
|Saveetha Institute of Medical and Technical Sciences|
|Thapar Institute of Engineering and Technology|
|Vellore Institute of Technology|
|Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham|
|Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani|
|Institute of Chemical Technology|
|University of Delhi|
|Delhi Technological University|
|Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Pune|
|Indian Institute of Technology Gandhinagar|
|Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology Delhi|
|Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University Anantapur (JNTUA)|
|Jaypee University of Information Technology|
|JSS Academy of Higher Education and Research|
|Kalasalingam Academy of Research and Education|
|Lovely Professional University|
|National Institute of Technology Tiruchirappalli|
|University of Petroleum Energy Studies, Dehradun|
|Savitribai Phule Pune University|
|Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University|
|Siksha ‘O’ Anusandhan|