Most Irish universities fall in global rankings; Average tuition of top 10 rises to $34,000
By Most Irish universities fall in global rankings; Average tuition of top 10 rises to $34,000
Sep 10, 2013 - 10:26 AM

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Trinity College, Dublin, and NUI Galway are the only Irish universities to rise in the tenth annual QS World University Rankings. The Average annual undergraduate tuition fees in the top 10 have risen to record high of around US$34,000, nearly double the 2007 average of $18,500.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) beat Harvard and Cambridge to retain the top spot in the rankings.

The US takes 11 of the top 20 positions, but its dominance has eroded since the financial crisis. Of the 83 US universities in the top 400, 64 rank lower than in 2007/8.

The 43 US public universities in the top 400 have lost an average of 20 places since 2007/8, following successive government funding cuts. In contrast, 70% of the 62 Asian institutions in the top 400 rank higher than in 2007, yet still no Asian institution in the top 20.

Trinity College rose six places to 61st; University College Dublin dipped eight places to 139th; University College Cork slid twenty places to 210; NUI Galway rose three places to 284th; DCU tumbled 25 places to 349, out of 800 colleges in the rankings compiled for Quacquarelli Symonds. 

The University of Limerick and DIT have slipped from ranking in the range between 415-500 to among the 501-550 group, while NUI Maynooth has skid from the 501-550 range to 551-600.

"The past four years have clearly been challenging for the Irish economy, and austerity measures have undoubtedly been a major factor contributing to the slide in its universities’ international standing," said QS head of research Ben Sowter. 

University College Cork is reported to have tried to game the system by canvassing international academics for votes on 'reputation.'

Reputation accounts for 40% of the total. In addition, 20% each for staff-student ratio and the number of times college research is cited in academic journals. Reputation among employers accounts for 10%, while the remaining 10% is for internationalisation.

The top four Irish institutions, TCD, UCD, UCC and NUI Galway, all increased their scores for research citations.

Global highlights:

  • International student intake up 9% at top 100 universities
  • US takes top 10 places for research citations
  • Record survey responses: 62,094 academics and 27,957 employers
  • 800+ universities ranked

Regional highlights:

  • UK: Four institutions in top 10; Oxford and Cambridge 1st and 2nd for employer reputation
  • Australia: Melbourne (31st) catching up with ANU (27th)
  • Asia: National University of Singapore (24th) overtakes University of Hong Kong (26th)
  • Canada: Toronto (17th) overtakes McGill (21st)
  • Continental Europe: ETH Zurich (12th) and EPFL Lausanne (19th=) lead as nine of region's top 10 maintain or improve position
  • Nordic Countries: University of Copenhagen (45th) leads as twenty rise
  • Latin America: Universidade de São Paulo (127th) leads, nine of region's top ten rise
  • Africa/ME: 33 in top 800, led by King Fahd University (216th)

Global Top Ten

    2013  2012   Institution
    2     3      HARVARD UNIVERSITY                     US
    3     2      UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE                GB
    4     4      UNIVERSITY COLLEGE LONDON              GB
    5     6      IMPERIAL COLLEGE LONDON                GB
    6     5      UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD                   GB
    7     15     STANFORD UNIVERSITY                    US
    8     7      YALE UNIVERSITY                        US
    9     8      UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO                  US
    10=   9      PRINCETON UNIVERSITY                   US

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