Trinity is Ireland’s leader in Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2019

Posted on: 26 September 2018

Trinity College Dublin continues to be Ireland’s leading university, and is the only Irish university to feature in the top 120 universities worldwide in the just-published Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2019. It has been ranked in 120th position, a slight decrease on last year’s 117th place.

This year’s result was helped by high scores in research and citations. Trinity’s highest score was in international outlook, which demonstrates the University’s capacity to attract staff and students from around the world, as well as participate in and lead significant international research collaborations.

Commenting on the ranking, Dean of Research at Trinity, Professor Linda Doyle, said: “The fact that Trinity College Dublin has remained in the top 120 global universities over successive years is testament to the quality of our university.

We have seen an increase in performance across four of the five categories in which we are ranked which is to be welcomed. However, it is a measure of how competitive the field is that better performance on our part is not reflected in the rankings. Increased investments made by our global competition versus a reduced government investment in Ireland continue to have a direct impact on the rankings.

We have had so many significant achievements this year. Trinity’s excellent performance in winning competitive EU research funding currently places it first in Ireland. We have also just been ranked first in Europe for graduate entrepreneurship for the fourth year in a row by Pitchbook. In partnership with Government and Dublin’s other universities we just launched a plan for an innovation district at Grand Canal Quay.

In the same month in which all seven universities launched Ireland’s Future Talent – A Charter for Irish Universities, the issue of lack of investment in our universities is to the fore.

It is essential that we remain highly ranked to ensure that Irish students can continue to avail of an internationally competitive higher education. It is important for Ireland, not just for Trinity.”