London: Not a single Indian university - not
even the celebrated IITs and IIMs - figure in the latest
ranking of the world`s top 200 universities, with American
varsities dominating the list.
US institutions have grabbed seven spots in the top 10
despite President Barack Obama warning American students of
stiff competition from pupils in India and China.
Three British universities, Oxford, Cambridge and Imperial
College London, continue to make the cut with a university in
China also making the grade.
The world rankings, produced by the Times Higher Education
magazine, places 75 US universities in the top 200.
UK has 32 universities in the list, followed by Germany
(12), the Netherlands (12) and Canada (9).
The list of top 200 includes universities in Taiwan,
Brazil, Singapore, South Africa and China, but this year
repeats earlier trends about India ? no Indian university is
deemed good enough to be included in the elite list, inspite
of India claiming to have substantially increased its spending
on higher education in recent years.
The top 10 in the list of 200 universities are: California
Institute of Technology, Harvard University, Stanford
University, University of Oxford, Princeton University,
University of Cambridge, Massachusetts Institute of
Technology, Imperial College London, University of Chicago and
the University of California, Berkeley.
Britain`s Universities Minister David Willetts said the
list showed that relative to its size, the UK`s university
system was the "world`s best-performing".
California Institute of Technology, better known as
Caltech, is a relatively small institution, with about 2,000
mostly graduate students and almost 500 staff.
"With as many as seven million students predicted to be
studying outside their home country within the next few years,
and with international research collaboration at the top of
government agendas, these world university rankings are more
important than ever," said Ann Mroz, editor of Times Higher
Paul Marshall, executive director of the 1994 Group of UK
universities, highlighted funding worries.
He said: "UK universities are facing budget cuts, despite
the new fee regime.
The sweeping reductions to capital grants will make it
harder to invest in the facilities that make our universities
Oxford vice-chancellor Andrew Hamilton has also warned
that a lack of funding meant that the UK`s universities would
struggle to compete for the best research students in the
"global market for talent."