17 January 2019
Global university rankings are often used to make comparisons between countries as well between universities. The recent publication of the Times Higher Education (THE) Emerging Economies Rankings has given rise to further discussion about the tertiary education systems of China and India.
Various rankings suggest that China’s universities are pulling ahead of India and other Asian countries. The latest Shanghai Ranking, for example, shows 62 Chinese universities, including five in Hong Kong and six in Taiwan, in the world’s top 500 but only one in India. There are now three Chinese institutions in the top 100.
The latest Emerging Economies rankings show seven Mainland Chinese universities in the top ten and one Taiwanese. The best performing Indian school is the Indian Institute of Science in 14th place.
An article by H S Rao on the website refiff reports that several Indian universities have improved in this year’s ranking, partly as a result of better scores for research, citations and industry income but are still a long way behind China.
The article cites Ellie Bothwell of THE as saying “(I)n this year's table, India's institutions perform well in teaching. However they are significantly behind the global average in terms of international outlook.”