Manipal only private university in top 100 of BRICS rankings
Manipal University, Manipal breaks into the international rankings finding itself among the top 100 universities in BRICS countries. This was announced by UK-based QS Quacquarelli Symonds in Russia and is called the “QS University Rankings: BRICS”.
Reacting to the ranking, Chancellor, Dr. Ramdas M. Pai said, “While I have reason to be happy, this will be an impetus to strive for even better performance in the future”. Vice Chancellor, Dr. K. Ramnarayan had this to say, “Our endeavor to be a world class university through education and research has begun to show result. The core functions of our university are better reflected in this BRICS QS Ranking. Now that we have a foothold, we will do our best to move up the ladder”.
This is the first ranking for the BRICS countries and Manipal University is the only private university in the country to find a place in the new rankings. The University’s steadily growing overall progress is the reason why it could be judged along with some of the top universities in the five countries, to be placed 100th in the prestigious ranking.
The methodology used for the ranking has eight indicators. Academic Reputation is one. Based on the QS annual global reputation survey, it accounts for 30 percent of a university’s score. Employer reputation, also drawn from the QS global employer survey accounts for 20 percent. Faculty-student ratio and citations per paper, both account for 10 percent of the score. Five percent is awarded for proportions of international faculty and international students.
Papers per faculty are worth 10 percent of the total score and staff with PhD is given another 10 percent. “The proposal is to use a methodology that is comparable with some of the existing exercises, probably closest in nature to what we are doing in our Latin America Ranking with some additional data particularly PhD-qualified faculty, said Ben Sowter, Head, QS Intelligence Unit.
Zoya Zaitseva, Project Director, QS University Rankings: BRICS, said that BRICS countries were investing heavily in higher education and research. “The new ranking will increase their visibility and allow these universities to become more recognized on a global level”.