Trinity 161st in THE World University Rankings
Posted on: 12 October 2022
Trinity has been ranked 161st in the world in the latest THE World University Rankings.
Provost Linda Doyle said: “There are several different ranking systems for universities and while we remain at 98th in the QS World University Rankings, we have dropped from 146th to 161st in the 2023 THE World University Rankings."
Trinity College Dublin has been ranked 161st in the world (146th in 2022) in the 2023 Times Higher Education World University Rankings and remains the top-ranked university in Ireland.
The rankings included a record 1,799 universities from 104 countries or regions.
The results are based on five categories: teaching (including staff-student ratios), research, citations, international outlook and industry income.
Provost Linda Doyle said:
“There are several different ranking systems for universities and while we remain at 98th in the QS World University Rankings, we have dropped from 146th to 161st in the 2023 THE World University Rankings.
“We are proud of the fantastic work of our staff and students, and we have performed strongly in categories such as citations, a reflection of how well acknowledged Trinity research is. We must always strive to do better. We know rankings never capture all that any university has to offer, and they should not drive our behaviour. Rather, our behaviour should drive the rankings.
“We have scored strongly in several categories in the 2023 THE World University rankings such as international profile but our overall ranking has suffered due to our high student-staff ratios. More importantly than the rankings, it also hurts the education experience of our students. The poor staff-student ratio is directly related to the under-funding of the higher education sector in Ireland. It is vital that Government honours the commitment made earlier this year in “Funding the Future” and increase annual core funding by €307m for the higher education sector in Ireland. This would allow us to hire more staff and tackle the issue of staff-student ratios. Until this is addressed, these rankings will remain precarious for us."
Dean of Research at Trinity, Professor Wolfgang Schmitt, said:
“Trinity is holding its position as the highest ranked Irish university in the 2023 THE World University Rankings. Our research performance is strong and continues to improve. I want to thank the Trinity community - students and staff - for their dedication and hard work. However, the underinvestment in the university sector in Ireland is reflected in high student/staff ratios, lower postgraduate/undergraduate student ratios and infrastructures, which adversely influence the overall ranking.
“In addition, high living costs and low PhD stipends have become factors in our ability to attract talent. To sustain a knowledge-based economy and remain internationally competitive, significant investment in the university sector and academic excellence is required."