Posted on December 02, 2015

The Times Higher Education today publishes the 2016 rankings of the world’s best universities in the BRICS and Emerging Economies*. Qatar makes its debut in the rankings with Qatar University included in the Top 100, in joint 90th position (=90th) and number one for international outlook. China dominates the rankings, with institutions occupying first and second places, half the Top 10 and 39 places in the Top 200. Taiwan comes a distant second with 24 universities in the Top 200 and India is the third best represented country. The 2016 rankings include 200 institutions from 35 countries, up from 100 from 18 countries in 2015.

Phil Baty, Times Higher Education World University Rankings editor says: “These rankings are based on the same established and trusted thirteen performance indicators used to create the annual Times Higher Education World University Rankings, but they are specially calibrated to reflect the development priorities of universities in emerging economies. Qatar is represented in the BRICS and Emerging Economies Rankings for the first time this year with Qatar University in the top half of the newly expanded top 200 list. This achievement is in part due to expanding the number of countries eligible for inclusion, but it also reflects the institution’s strong international outlook; Qatar University is number one when ranked on this criteria alone. It is great news that the university recognises the merit of attracting and collaborating with students and scholars from all over the planet.”

TIMES HIGHER EDUCATION BRICS & EMERGING ECONOMIES UNIVERSITY RANKINGS 2016 –TOP 10
Copyright Times Higher Education 2015 full results and analysis at www.thewur.com 

Name

Country

BRICS Rank 2015-2016

Peking University

China

1

Tsinghua University

China

2

Lomonosov Moscow State University

Russia

3

University of Cape Town

South Africa

4

National Taiwan University

Taiwan

5

University of the Witwatersrand

South Africa

6

University of Science and Technology of China

China

7

Zhejiang University

China

8

University of São Paulo

Brazil

9

Shanghai Jiao Tong University

China

10

 
The BRICS markets gained strength this year and a number of nations outside the BRICS have also had a good year. Chile has six institutions represented (two last year) while Colombia has two universities included (one last year). The National Autonomous University of Mexico (23rd) is the highest ranked Latin American institution outside Brazil. In South Asia, seven Thai universities are ranked (three last year); Malaysia is represented by four universities (one last year) and institutions from Indonesia and Bangladesh are included for the first time.
 
European countries making their debut in the 2016 ranking include Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Lithuania, Estonia, Serbia, Cyprus and Greece. Meanwhile, African and Middle Eastern nations represented for the first time include Kenya, Nigeria, Ghana, Jordan, Qatar and Oman. Egypt returns to the ranking, having had no institutions represented last year. 

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