24 November 2017
Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) has published the 2018 edition of its BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa) university rankings.Chinese universities have a clear advantage. The top place is held by Tsinghua University for the fourth year in a row and there seven Chinese universities in the top ten. In India there has been a reshuffling among the top institutions. The Indian Institute of Technology Bombayhas risen from 16th place in 2015-16 to 9th this year, overtaking the Indian Institute of Science Bangalore which has fallen from 5th to 10th. The top Russian university is Lomonosov Moscow State University followed by Novosibersk State University while the leading Brazilian university is Universidade Estadual de Campinas in 13th place.For South Africa these rankings are not good news. The University of Cape Town has fallen from 9th place in 2014-5 to 19th, the University of the Witwatersrand, from 31st to 36th, Stellenbosch University from 34th to 47th and the University of Kwazulu-Natal from 60th to 80th.
The methodology is based on that used in the World University Rankingsbut with some modifications. The academic survey carries a weighting of 30% and the employer survey 20%, compared to 40% and 10% in the world rankings. The other indicators are faculty/student ratio (20% weighting), staff with PhD (10%), papers per faculty (10%), citations per paper (5%), international students (2.5%), and international faculty (2.5%).
The top ten BRICS universities are:
- Tsinghua University
- Peking University
- Fudan University
- University of Science and Technology China
- Lomonosov Moscow State University
- Zhejiang University
- Shanghai Jiao Tong University
- Nanjing University
- Indian Institute of Technology Bombay
- Indian Institute of Science Bangalore.