Manipal University Enters QS World University Rankings
It’s a proud moment for Manipal University for making its entry into QS World University Rankings. This is published in the recent annual publication of university rankings by Quacquarelli Symonds (QS), WUR, a British agency which ranks higher educational institutes by comparing the universities in the world based on six performance parameters including Research, Teaching, Employability, and Internationalization in addition to the 40 point weightage. In the 14th edition of the rankings released by QS on June 8th of 2017, Manipal University figures in the 701-750 band, which is the best for a private Indian university.
It is important to note here that among the other competent Indian Universities, which includes IITs and IISc, Manipal is in the 13th position. Amidst the 26,000 universities that were surveyed globally, during the current academic year, over 950 universities from 84 countries have been ranked and it is indeed proud moment for Manipal University to be featured among the top 72 percent in the QS world ranking ally. This makes Manipal University be one among the top 2.7% Universities of the world.
Positioning in QS ranking reflects on the continuous improvement of the quality of education and research. Manipal University with its focus on establishing centers of excellence which involve in high-quality research is all set to move ahead in the years to come.
Dr. H. Vinod Bhat, Manipal University Vice Chancellor, expressing his happiness about the present status expressed that the focus for 2019 would be to reach sub-600 of the world class ranking. With world class infrastructure, our faculty ratio, international collaboration and a strong alumni base and ever growing research capability, I am certain that we will get there” he affirmed.
For the 2018 Rankings, the QS, which was previously known as THE-QS World University Rankings, has analyzed over 75 million citations from more than 12 million papers, 115,000 survey responses from employers and academics and considered more than 4,000 universities before evaluating 950 of them. The QS World University Rankings 2018 is bigger and more comprehensive than ever and remains the only global ranking to have been independently scrutinized. Universities are evaluated according to six performance indicators, namely Academic reputation, Employer reputation, Student-to-faculty ratio, Citations per faculty, International faculty ratio and international student ratio. Four of the indicators are based on ‘hard’ data, and the remaining two are based on major global surveys – one of the academics and another of employers – each the largest of their kind.
It may be recalled here that earlier this year, Manipal College of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Kasturba Medical Colleges, Manipal and Mangalore featured in the QS World University Ranking by Subject. And it was for the first time that Manipal University’s constituent colleges were finding places in the ranking by subjects. The Pharmacy College was ranked in the 251-300 range and the medical colleges in the 451-500 range.
Manipal University’s consistency towards excellence is also recognized by the Times Higher Education BRICS & Emerging Economies University Rankings 2017, where the University has been ranked in the 251-300 bracket.