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Times Higher Education (THE) Releases World University Rankings 2024


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
Anna University
Jamia Millia Islamia
Mahatma Gandhi University
Shoolini University of Biotechnology and Management Sciences
Alagappa University
Aligarh Muslim University
Banaras Hindu University
Bharathiar 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
Panjab University
Saveetha Institute of Medical and Technical Sciences
Thapar Institute of Engineering and Technology
Vellore Institute of Technology
Amity University
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

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