Response to the Times Higher Education BRICS

Thursday 04 December 2014

British Council response to the Times Higher Education BRICS & Emerging Economies Rankings 2015 http://www.timeshighereducation.co.uk/world-university-rankings/

In the UK, Gordon Slaven, British Council Director of Higher Education, said:

“While the change in methodology for this interesting ranking covers some of the changes, the 2015 figures highlight the vitality and rapid development of institutions in the BRICS and emerging economies, and how the international higher education landscape is changing very quickly. The UK cannot rest on its laurels.”

In China, Susan Milner, Director of Education for the British Council in China said “The new rankings reflect another strong performance from China, with Peking University and Tsinghua University firmly holding on to the top two positions in the rankings and four new entrants pushing up China’s total representation among the top-100 institutions to 27. Clearly China has the ambition and strategic resilience to compete in a highly competitive environment. It is only a matter of time until China starts to size itself up against established institutions beyond the emerging economies and many more of  its leading universities join the ranks of global excellence.”

In India, Rob Lynes, British Council Director of India, said: “For Indian institutions to fare better in the Times Higher Education BRICSs and Emerging Economies Rankings, firstly more institutions need to start sharing their data to participate in the Global University Rankings and secondly, the Indian institutions that are already in the top one hundred must focus on strengthening their research capacity and quality to compete with other institutions who are rising faster.”

In Turkey, Helen Silvester, Director of Education for the British Council in Turkey and Wider Europe, said “The Times Higher Education BRIC and Emerging Economy rankings show Russia and Turkey are nations to watch. Both are investing in the rapid development of their university systems and their positions in this year’s rankings show this is paying off. Seven Russian universities make this year’s top 100 up from only two last year. In Turkey, all of the top five universities in its own “Entrepreneurial and Innovative University Index” make the top 100 with the leader of this pack, METU, moving up six places to take the number three spot globally. Turkey’s second ranking innovative university, Sabanci, joins the top 100 for the first time this year, coming straight in at number 15 and bringing the total number of Turkish universities in the top 100 to eight. Boosted by initiatives such as Russia’s Global Education Scholarship Programme and the bilateral Newton Katip Celebi Fund in Turkey, now is an ideal time to capitalise on opportunities for collaboration with the higher education sector in these countries”

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