Beijing’s Peking University has been named the best university in the emerging economies according to a ‘Times Higher Education BRICS & Emerging Economies University Rankings 2017’ report. Taking into consideration the number of high-ranking universities across the globe, experts ranked China in first place with – the highest number of universities followed by Russia, Brazil and India.
India’s top institution of higher learning, Indian Institute of Science, was ranked 15th in the list with the overall scored of 45.8, with a teaching score of 50.1. These scores are based on – research, knowledge transfer and international outlook.
Here is the list of the top 10 universities in the emerging world.
Rank 10. National Taiwan University — Scored 49.8 overall with a high ranking for citations, research, and teaching
Rank 9. Zhejiang University — This is one of China’s leading higher education and oldest educational institutions founded in 1897 with 45,000 students. Its overall score is 51.8.
Rank 8. University of Witwatersrand — Witwatersrand, commonly known as ‘Wits’, in South Africa, got an overall score of 52.6 and 82.9 points in the citations category. The novelist (Nobel laureate for peace), Nelson Mandela, is the most famous alumnus of the university who studied law there and went on to become President of South Africa.
Rank 7. Shanghai Jiao Tong University — Jiao Tong, which means transportation’, is one of China’s most prestigious institues, enjoying a growing global reputation for its impressive research outputs. It has an overall rating of 52.8.
Rank 6. Fudan University — This is one of China’s best journalism schools, founded in 1905, that has a 30,000-strong student population with international students comprising around 15% of all undergraduates. It scored 52.9 overall, with a citation score of 65.7.
Rank 5. University of Science and Technology of China — The university was founded in 1958 to meet the country’s growing science and technology needs, and also to award humanities and management degrees. It scored 53.7 points, up from 48.6 last year. Today, USTC is home to approximately 15,000 students and 3,500 faculty members who oversee its 15 schools for life sciences, software engineering and electro-optical technology etc.
Rank 4. University of Cape Town — Cape Town, which is home to 26,000 students, is the best university in the whole of Africa. It has an overall score of 55.2.
Rank 3. Lomonosov Moscow State University — This is Russia’s top university is Lomonosov, founded in 1755 by Mikhail Lomonosov. Today, it is home to 47,000 students in 39 different faculties. Overall, it scored 58.4.
Rank 2. Tsinghua University — Tsinghua, in Beijing, is one of two universities in China that was established in 1911. The University has now over 46,000 students from 120 countries. It has an overall score of 77.9.
Rank 1. Peking University — Beijing’s Peking University is home to around 32,000 students and the best university outside of the developed world scoring 78.8 in the ranking. It played a key part in national protests when in 1989 three thousand of its students gathered in a mass demonstration at Tiananmen Square.
(Source – A survey report by Times Higher Education; World Economic Forum)
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