IISc in World’s top 10 Universities list

Indian Institute of Science (IISc)

IISc among top 10 universities of the world


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IISc : among top 10 varsities of the world

  • Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, has been ranked eighth at the ‘Times Higher Education’s Best Small Universities in the World 2017’.
  • The list of ‘Best Small Universities in the World 2017’ was released on March 7, 2017 that looks universities with fewer than 5,000 students.
  • At rank 8, IISc, is the only Indian university in the list of 20, and is also the second-highest ranked Asian University.
  • For the first time, an Indian educational institute has broken into the top 10 of a global university rankings.
  • Indian Institute of Technology, Guwahati, and Savitribai Phule Pune University which were ranked 14 and 18 respectively in the 2016 edition could not retain their spots in the top 20 this time.

World’s best small universities 2017

  • To be eligible for the rankings, universities must appear in Times Higher Education’s World University Rankings 2016-17, teach more than four subjects, and have fewer than 5,000 students.
  • California Institute of Technology of USA in 1st position and followed by École Normale Supérieure of France.
  • Pohang University of Science and Technology of South Korea placed in 3rd position.

About IISc

  • The IISc was founded in 1909 as a result of the joint efforts of Jamsetji Nussarwanji Tata, the Government of India and the Maharaja of Mysore Krishnaraja Wodeyar IV.
  • The Government of India decided to locate the Institute in Bengaluru, where the Maharaja of Mysore, Krishnaraja Wodeyar IV, donated over 370 acres of land for this initiative.
  • The Institute was formally vested in 1909, the foundation stone was laid in 1911, and the first batch of students started their studies the same year.
  • IISc ranked at 201-250 in THE World University Ranking 2016-17 list.

About Times Higher Education’s World University Ranking

  • The Times Higher Education World University Rankings, founded in 2004, provide the definitive list of the world’s best universities.
  • THE evaluates world-class universities against 13 separate performance indicators, covering the full range of a top university’s essential areas of activity: research; interaction with business; international outlook; and, uniquely, the teaching environment.
  • The Times Higher Education’s World University Rankings include 980 institutions.