Trinity College Dublin ranks among the top 100 universities in the world according to the latest world rankings, but most other Irish universities are below the league table.
The 2023 QS World Rankings compares the performance of the world’s top 1,400 universities across 100 countries.
In the latest version, Trinity has risen 3rd to 98th, surpassing the Top 100 and breaking a five-year run.
University improvements were due to increased citations (a measure of academic impact) and good performance in academic and employer reputation surveys.
However, most other Irish universities have lost their status. University College Dublin (UCD) is down 8th to 181st, Queen’s University Belfast is down 17th to 233rd, and NUI Galway is down 12th to 270th.
University College Cork (UCC) is also disappointed. It is out of the top 300 after dropping from 5th to 303rd.
Dublin City University (DCU) countered this trend and was Ireland’s most improved university, rising from 19th to 471st.
Ulster University has also moved up the rankings to the 601-650 category (up from 651-700 last year).
However, Limerick University was in the 531-540 category (down from 501-510 last year) and Maynooth University was in the 801-1,000 category (down from 751-800 last year). Dublin Institute of Technology remains in the 801-1,000 category.
The QS ranking uses six indicators. Quotations by faculty; Faculty / Student ratio; International faculty ratio; and International student ratio.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology remains number one in the world, Cambridge University remains number two, and Stanford University remains number three.
Trinity provost Linda Doyle is pleased that the university has returned to the top 100 and said it is “great news for Ireland’s global reputation.”
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“Ranking has its drawbacks in how it measures everything that’s happening at the university, but it’s getting international attention. It’s very important for Trinity and Ireland that we’re in the top 100.” Dr. Doyle said.
“More government funding to address our staff-student ratio is the key to keeping us in the top 100.”
Dr. Wolfgang Schmidt, director of research at Trinity, said the ranking was due to an improvement in the “number of citations per faculty” metric.
“This is a clear recognition of the world-leading research that is routinely carried out in our schools and faculties. If we continue to commit to the principles set out in our research charter, I We are confident that we can improve further, “he said.