Trinity climbs in Times Higher Education World University Ranking

5 September 2017

Trinity College Dublin has been ranked in 117th position in the just published Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2018, climbing 14 places from 131st place last year*.  It bucked the trend across the Irish university sector, and is the only university to have risen in the rankings this year which surveys over 1,000 universities worldwide. It remains Ireland’s leading university and one of the world’s top universities.

This year’s strong result was helped by high scores in teaching and research influence (citations).Trinity’s highest score was in international outlook which is especially relevant in the current post-Brexit climate. It demonstrates the university’s capacity to attract staff and students from around the world, as well as collaborate with international partners in leading research.

Commenting on Trinity’s increase Dean of Research, Professor John Boland said:

“This has been a good year for Trinity in the rankings. We have achieved this result today despite so many challenging factors, including the rise of Asia-Pacific countries due to much greater investment, intense global competition, but also the continued chronic underfunding of higher education in Ireland.  It is a testament to the excellence of our teaching, research and overall educational experience. All of which is made possible by the sheer commitment of our great staff.”

“This year we have risen in both the Times Higher Education and the QS rankings, and we have joined the League of European Research Universities (LERU), Europe’s leading network of research-intensive universities that further strengthens our voice and position internationally.  We have also just been ranked first in Europe for graduate entrepreneurship for the third year in a row by Pitchbook. In a post-Brexit climate it is important that we maintain these high standards and build on this reputation for our students, for the further development of leading research, and for the overall development of the Irish economy. A world class university requires resourcing at internationally competitive levels and for Trinity to sustain its position and increase further worldwide requires adequate investment in the university sector.”

Notes to editor

*Trinity was ranked in 131st place in THE world university rankings 2017 in February this year.  

Trinity was ranked in 88th place by QS world university ranking 2018 (in June)

Criteria applied in THE world university ranking:

  • Teaching (the learning environment)
  • Research (volume, income and reputation)
  • Citations (research influence);
  • International outlook (staff, students and research)
  • Industry income (knowledge transfer).

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