The annual ranking highlights the top 100 global university brands, which now includes IISc in the 91-100 band.
Commenting on the rankings, Phil Baty, editorial director of Global Rankings for THE, said, “Only 100 institutions in the world make it to this annual list of the most powerful university brands, so it is a highly significant achievement to be included — and fantastic to see an Indian presence this year.”
The list was compiled from a globally representative survey of more than 10,000 senior academics. IISc was the only Indian institute to have made it this year.
“That prestige – that ‘brand’ – is vital for any university in attracting the necessary talent to allow it to compete and thrive, as well as drawing in strategic partners, philanthropy and investment. As initiatives to improve and internationalise the nation's higher education system gain momentum, I hope to see a strengthened Indian presence in this table in future years,” Baty said.
Overall, the US continues to dominate, with Harvard University taking the top spot for the eighth consecutive year, followed by Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Stanford University at second and third place, along with 41 other US institutions, that made it to the top 100. The top 20 comprised of 13 American universities, four from the UK, two from China and one from Japan.
Baty maintained the US had strengthened its position with more institutes moving up the rankings this year – despite fears that the US was suffering a ‘Trump slump’ in terms of its global reputation.
Europe claimed 33 spots with nine from the UK, six from Germany, and five from the Netherlands.
The World Reputation Rankings 2018, however, saw all London-based universities losing ground.
“Particularly worrying is the decline of all London universities in this list. London is one of the world’s most dynamic and international capital cities, and has traditionally been the leading city in the world for outstanding higher education and research – drawing talent from across the globe. If this data turns out to be the beginning of a trend of decline, the damage could be significant.”
In the Asia Pacific (APAC) region, 23 institutions were placed in the top 100, in which six institutions from China were featured (the same number as last year) and two in the top 20. Japan had five institutions in the top 100 (down from six) and two in the top 30.
In all, 21 countries were represented in the top 100 rankings.