IISc Bangalore in ‘Best Small Universities’ Rankings

The Indian Institute of Science (IISc) in Bangalore has become the first Indian educational institution to make it to the top 10 of a global ranking for universities.

IISc has been ranked eighth in the Times Higher Education or THE Rankings, 2017 in the “best small universities” category, joining the elite list that includes California Institute of Technology (Caltech) from the US, Ecole Normale Superieure from France and Pohang University of Science and Technology, South Korea.

Small universities are those with a student strength of less than 5,000.

The Times Higher Education World University Rankings was founded in 2004 by the UK-based Times Higher Education (THE) magazine. It provides the definitive list of the world’s best universities, evaluated across teaching, research, international outlook, reputation and more.

Despite the new high, India has two misses this year. The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), 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.

IISc, a public university for scientific research and higher education, was established in 1909 with active support from Jamsetji Tata and Sir Krishnaraja Wodeyar IV, the Maharaja of Mysore. In 2015-16, it became the first Indian institute to be ranked among the top 100 in THE World University Rankings for engineering and technology at 99th position.

Rank University Country
1 California Institute of Technology US
2 École Normale Supérieure France
3 Pohang University of Science and Technology South Korea
4 École Polytechnique France
5 Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa Italy
6 Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna Italy
7 École Normale Supérieure de Lyon France
8 Indian Institute of Science India
9 Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences Sweden
10 Free University of Bozen-Bolzano Italy
11 Koç University Turkey
12 Clark University US
13 University of Alaska Fairbanks US
14 Sabancı University Turkey
15 Hasselt University Belgium
16 Cyprus University of Technology Cyprus
17 Tokyo Medical and Dental University (TMDU) Tokyo
18 University of Neuchâtel Switzerland
19 University of Tulsa US
20 Bond University Australia