MANIPAL: In a remarkable achievement, Manipal University broke into the Quacquarelli Symonds University World Rankings 2018 released on Thursday. In the 14th edition of the rankings, Manipal University figures in the 701-750 band, which is the best for a private Indian university. Overall among the Indian Universities, Manipal is in the 13th position. In this year’s ranking, over 950 universities from 84 countries have been ranked.
Manipal University is also among the top 72% in the QS world ranking considering there are approximately 26,000 Universities globally. This makes Manipal University one of the top 2.7% Universities in the world.
Manipal University Vice Chancellor Dr H Vinod Bhat commenting on the achievement said; “I am delighted to learn about Manipal University position in the QS World ranking of universities 2018. We have reached a major milestone with this achievement.”
Attributing this to the result of rigorous efforts and perseverance of the faculty, staff, students and alumni, he said the university’s focus now is to be sub-600 in the 2019 world Rankings. “With world class infrastructure, our faculty ratio, international collaboration and a strong alumni base and ever growing research capability, I am certain that we will get there,” he said.
For the 2018 Rankings, QS has analyzed over 75 million citations from more than 12 million papers, 115,000 survey responses from employers and academics and considered more than 4,000 universities before evaluating 950 of them. The QS World University Rankings 2018 is bigger and more comprehensive than ever and remains the only global ranking to have been independently scrutinized.
Universities are evaluated according to six performance indicators, which are: academic reputation, employer reputation, student-to-faculty ratio, citations per faculty, international faculty ratio and international student ratio. Four of the indicators are based on ‘hard’ data, and the remaining two are based on major global surveys – one of academics and another of employers – each the largest of their kind.
Dr Bhat added: We have also done well in the ranking by subject with our pharmacy and medical colleges finding places in world ranking. With this as the much needed shot in the arm, we hope to do much better in the next couple of years. We have done well in the rankings by magazines within the country, which is indication of the good progress we are making. I am also glad with the progress we are making in research”.
Earlier this year, Manipal College of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Kasturba Medical Colleges, Manipal and Mangalore featured in the QS World University Ranking by Subject. And it was for the first time that Manipal University’s constituent colleges were finding places in the ranking by subjects. The pharmacy College was ranked in the 251-300 range and the medical colleges in the 451-500 range.
In the Times Higher Education BRICS and Emerging Economies University Rankings 2017, Manipal University has been ranked in the 251-300 bracket. In the 2016 QS University Asia Ranking, Manipal University figured at the 200th position. Manipal University broke into that prestigious position from among the top 350 Universities across 17 Asian countries.
A number of ranking agencies in India, have in their 2017 surveys, found Manipal University to be the best private university in the country. THE WEEK for instance, has for the third successive time ranked Manipal as the best private university in the country, Education World has a similar ranking for the second consecutive time and in Karnataka State Universities Rating Framework (KSURF), Manipal was declared the best in the state.