UCT leaps up in world rankings

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Having recently been placed top on the continent in the ShanghaiRanking's Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) 2019, these THE results mean that UCT remains in the lead for Africa in the five major world university rankings: THE, ARWU, Quacquarelli Symonds, Centre for World University Rankings and US News Best Global Universities Rankings.

The Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2020 has the University of Toronto at spot 18 on the list, just making its way into the top 20.

However, both the IITs individually did fairly well by ascending to higher ranks on the chart and succeeding IIT Mumbai and Delhi.

With the increase in number of Indian universities in the overall 1,300-university list from 92 countries, 56 Indian universities featured in the table this year, a step up from 49 last year.

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The ranking is based on a number of factors, including worldwide outlook, teaching and industry income. According to the U.S. Department of Education, there are more than 4,000 four-year universities in the country.

Brunel's world-class research received particular praise, with the number and quality of "Citations" showing a marked year-on-year improvement. Six universities are included in this year's top 500 in THE World University Rankings 2020, a step-up in comparison to last year's five universities. Globally, the USA once again has 60 universities in the top 200, 10 of which come from the state of California alone. However, it is disappointing to see the country fall out of the top 300 of the rankings this year, with only a small number of institutions registering progress. The Indian government has strong ambitions to boost the global standing of its top universities and attract foreign students, academics and research collaboration. That's just ten points less than the top university in the rankings, Oxford. "It needs to back them up with high levels of investment and increasing global competition", THE rankings editor Ellie Bothwell told TOI.

The California Institute of Technology rose three places to second, while Stanford, Yale, Harvard and Imperial College London all appeared in the top 10.

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