19 October 2018
Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) have just announced the latest edition of their BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa) university rankings. The methodology is adapted from that of the QS World University Rankings with some modifications to reflect regional priorities. The weighting of the academic survey has been reduced from 40% to 30% while that of the employer survey has been increased from 10% to 20%.
The other indicators are Faculty/Student Ratio (20%), Staff with a PhD (10%), Papers per Faculty (10%), Citations per Paper (5%), International Faculty (2.5%), and International Students (2.5%).
The rankings are dominated by China which holds seven out of the top ten places. The best performing Indian institution is the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay in eighth place followed by the Indian Institute of Science (10th), and the Institutes of Technology Madras (17th) and Delhi (18th). Lomonosov Moscow State University in sixth place is the leading Russian university.
The leading South African and Brazilian universities continue to slide. The University of Cape Town has fallen from 14th place in 2016 to 19th in 2017 and now to 22nd. The University of the Witwatersrand has gone from 36th last year to 40th.
Universidade de São Paulo has dropped one spot and is now 14th while Universidade Estadual de Campinas (Unicamp) was 12th in 2018 and is 16th this year.
The top ten BRICS universities are:
- Tsinghua University, China
- Peking University, China
- Fudan University, China
- University of Science and Technology of China
- Zhejiang University, China
- Lomonosov Moscow State University, Russia
- Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China
- Indian Institute of Technology Bombay
- Nanjing University, China
- Indian Institute of Science.