Top Universities in BRICS and Emerging Economies 2013-14
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Top Universities in BRICS and Emerging Economies 2014: Times Higher Education and QS has for the first time released the BRICS and Emerging Economies University Ranking 2014 and the BRICS University Ranking 2013 respectively.

The Times Higher Education BRICS and Emerging Economies Rankings 2014 is an analysis of research-intensive universities across 22 countries defined as emerging economies by the FTSE Global Equity Index Series Country Classification. The rankings include universities from the large BRICS nations of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, as well as from Czech Republic, Hungary, Malaysia, Mexico, Poland, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, Chile, Colombia, Egypt, Indonesia, Morocco, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines and the UAE.  QS University Rankings: BRICS 2013/14 has assessed the top 100 universities in the BRICS countries of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.

The Top Universities in BRICS and Emerging Economies 2014 by Times Higher Education (THE) have been selected on the basis of 13 performance indicators grouped into the following areas:

  • Teaching: the learning environment (worth 30 per cent of the overall ranking score)
  • Research: volume, income and reputation (worth 30 per cent)
  • Citations: research influence (worth 30 per cent)
  • Industry income: innovation (worth 2.5 per cent)
  • International outlook: staff, students and research (worth 7.5 per cent)

The QS Top BRICS Universities 2013 has gauged the universities on eight parameters which indicate their performance covering the four key areas of research, teaching, employability and outlook:

  • Academic reputation (worth 30 per cent of the overall ranking score)
  • Employer reputation (worth 20 per cent)
  • Faculty/student ratio (worth 20 per cent)
  • Staff with a PhD (worth 10 per cent)
  • Papers per faculty (worth 10 per cent)
  • Citations per paper (worth 5 per cent)
  • International faculty (worth 2.5 per cent)
  • International students (worth 2.5 per cent)

THE BRICS and Emerging Economies University Ranking 2014 and the QS Top BRICS Universities 2013 have been published as a complement to the World University Rankings 2013-14 which is heavily dominated by the USA and UK. Only 5 of the Top 200 World Universities are from the 22 countries that have been represented in the THE BRICS and Emerging Economies Rankings 2014. The THE Top Universities in BRICS and Emerging Economies 2014 consist of data on a larger group of institutions from a wider range of countries studied from local and economic perspectives. As said by Phil Baty, editor of the Times Higher Education World University Rankings, “There is a growing demand for our research to reflect more on local or economic contexts, and an increasing appetite from an ever-growing range of countries and institutions to benchmark themselves against the world’s very best…” Similarly, the QS Top BRICS Universities 2013 aim to highlight the strengths and achievements of higher education systems in these five major emerging economies, and to facilitate direct comparison of universities in these nations. Zoya Zaitseva, the BRICS ranking project manager, says, “As for every QS ranking, it is not so much for the universities as for students and young professionals who want to plan their future career and find out what else is out there, beyond their home country. Employers, state officials, media and other users of the rankings are also quite important, but I’d say students are the main focus.”

As can be analyzed, India occupies 10 out of the 100 positions in the THE Top Universities in BRICS and Emerging Economies 2014 list. With Panjab University leading the baton at the thirteenth position, the other Indian institutions included in the THE BRICS and Emerging Economies Rankings 2014 are:

  • Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur
  • Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur
  • Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi
  • Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee
  • Indian Institute of Technology, Guwahati
  • Indian Institute of Technology, Madras
  • Jadavpur University
  • Aligarh Muslim University
  • Jawaharlal Nehru University

On the other hand, 16 institutions from India made it to the QS Top 100 BRICS Universities 2013. The QS BRICS University Ranking 2013/14 is dominated by China, followed by Russia, Brazil, India and South Africa.

Given below is a tabular representation of the THE BRICS and Emerging Economies University Ranking 2014 and QS BRICS University Ranking 2013/14.

THE BRICS and Emerging Economies University Ranking 2014QS BRICS University Ranking 2013/14
RankInstitutionLocationOverall ScoreRankInstitutionLocationOverall Score
1Peking UniversityChina65.01Tsinghua UniversityChina100.0
2Tsinghua UniversityChina63.52Peking UniversityChina99.6
3University of Cape TownSouth Africa50.53Lomonosov Moscow State University  Russia93.4
4National Taiwan UniversityTaiwan49.24Fudan UniversityChina91.4
5Boğaziçi UniversityTurkey44.35Nanjing UniversityChina91.3
6University of Science and Technology of ChinaChina44.06University of Science and Technology of ChinaChina89.8
7Istanbul Technical UniversityTurkey42.76Shanghai Jiao Tong UniversityChina89.8
8Fudan UniversityChina42.38Universidade de São Paulo (USP)Brazil88.6
9Middle East Technical UniversityTurkey41.59Zhejiang UniversityChina88.3
10Lomonosov Moscow State UniversityRussian Federation41.410Universidade Estadual de CampinasBrazil86.9
11University of São PauloBrazil41.111University of Cape TownSouth Africa86.6
12Bilkent UniversityTurkey40.312Beijing Normal UniversityChina86.5
13Panjab UniversityIndia40.213Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (IITD)India86.0
13Renmin University of ChinaChina40.214Saint-Petersburg State UniversityRussia85.3
15University of WitwatersrandSouth Africa39.815Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IITB)India84.7
16National Chiao Tung UniversityTaiwan39.616 Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IITM)India81.8
17University of the AndesColombia39.217Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur (IITK)India81.1
18Nanjing UniversityChina38.918Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur (IITKGP)India78.2
19National Tsing Hua UniversityTaiwan38.619Universidade Federal do Rio de JaneiroBrazil78.0
20Koç UniversityTurkey37.120Sun Yat-sen UniversityChina77.5
21Stellenbosch UniversitySouth Africa36.221Xi'an Jiaotong UniversityChina75.4
22Zhejiang UniversityChina35.322Novosibirsk State UniversityRussia75.1
23University of WarsawPoland35.123Harbin Institute of TechnologyChina74.7
24State University of CampinasBrazil34.723Nankai UniversityChina74.7
25National Cheng Kung UniversityTaiwan34.325Universidade Estadual Paulista "Júlio de Mesquita Filho" (UNESP)Brazil74.0
26National Sun Yat-Sen UniversityTaiwan33.726Wuhan UniversityChina73.2
27Shanghai Jiao Tong UniversityChina33.627Tongji UniversityChina72.9
28Wuhan University of TechnologyChina33.128Shanghai UniversityChina72.4
29King Mongkut's University of Technology, ThonburiThailand33.029Universidade Federal de São Paulo (UNIFESP)Brazil72.3
30Indian Institute of Technology, KharagpurIndia32.830Stellenbosch UniversitySouth Africa72.1
31Charles University in PragueCzech Republic32.531University of The WitwatersrandSouth Africa72.0
31National Taiwan University of Science and TechnologyTaiwan32.532Beihang University (former BUAA)China71.3
33National Central UniversityTaiwan32.033Bauman Moscow State Technical UniversityRussia70.9
34Indian Institute of Technology, KanpurIndia31.934Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee (IITR)India70.7
35Sun Yat-sen UniversityChina31.735Universidade Federal de Minas GeraisBrazil69.2
36China Medical University TaiwanTaiwan31.036Pontificia Universidade Católica de São Paulo (PUC -SP)Brazil68.9
37Indian Institute of Technology, DelhiIndia30.137Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO-University)Russia68.6
37Indian Institute of Technology, RoorkeeIndia30.138Universidade Federal do Rio Grande Do SulBrazil68.5
39Tianjin UniversityChina29.939Beijing Institute of TechnologyChina67.6
40Wuhan UniversityChina29.440Xiamen UniversityChina67.4
41Jagiellonian UniversityPoland28.641Pontificia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro (PUC - Rio)Brazil67.2
42East China Normal UniversityChina28.542Renmin (People’s) University of ChinaChina66.1
43Harbin Institute of TechnologyChina28.443University of PretoriaSouth Africa65.8
44National Taiwan Normal UniversityTaiwan28.243Tianjin UniversityChina65.8
45University of KwaZulu-NatalSouth Africa28.043Beijing Jiaotong UniversityChina65.8
46Indian Institute of Technology, GuwahatiIndia27.943Universidade Federal de São CarlosBrazil65.8
47Indian Institute of Technology, MadrasIndia27.647St. Petersburg State Politechnical UniversityRussia65.0
47Jadavpur UniversityIndia27.648Universidade de Brasilia (UnB)Brazil64.1
49Dalian University of TechnologyChina27.548Huazhong University of Science and TechnologyChina64.1
50Aligarh Muslim UniversityIndia27.250 National Research University – Higher School of Economics (HSE)Russia62.2
51Hunan UniversityChina26.851Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati (IITG)India61.7
52Mahidol UniversityThailand26.752University of CalcuttaIndia61.4
53Masaryk UniversityCzech Republic26.653University of DelhiIndia61.1
53Asia UniversityTaiwan26.654Southeast UniversityChina60.6
55Pontifical Catholic University of ChileChile25.755Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology State UniversityRussia60.3
55Tongji UniversityChina25.756Shandong UniversityChina59.5
57Jawaharlal Nehru UniversityIndia25.357East China Normal UniversityChina57 59.3
58Yuan Ze UniversityTaiwan25.258Tomsk State UniversityRussia59.1
59National Autonomous University of MexicoMexico25.059Jilin UniversityChina58.9
60National Yang-Ming UniversityTaiwan24.860University of Kwazulu-NatalSouth Africa58.2
60University of DebrecenHungary24.861University of JohannesburgSouth Africa56.0
60Semmelweis UniversityHungary24.862University of MumbaiIndia55.3
60Federal University of Rio de JaneiroBrazil24.863Beijing University of TechnologyChina55.1
64Warsaw University of TechnologyPoland24.764University of HyderabadIndia53.8
65Xi'an Jiaotong UniversityChina24.265National Research Nuclear University “MEPhI”Russia53.7
66Chung Yuan Christian UniversityTaiwan24.066Sichuan UniversityChina53.6
67Saint Petersburg State UniversityRussian Federation23.766Universidade Federal de Santa CatarinaBrazil53.6
68Huazhong University of Science and TechnologyChina23.668Dalian University of TechnologyChina52.5
69National Chung Hsing UniversityTaiwan23.569University of Science and Technology BeijingChina52.3
70China Agricultural UniversityChina23.370University of MadrasIndia52.2
71Taipei Medical UniversityTaiwan23.071Tomsk Polytechnic UniversityRussia52.0
71National Taiwan Ocean UniversityTaiwan23.072Rhodes UniversitySouth Africa50.6
73Chang Gung UniversityTaiwan22.973China Agricultural UniversityChina50.4
73Istanbul UniversityTurkey22.974Lobachevsky State University of Nizhni NovgorodRussia49.8
75National Taipei University of TechnologyTaiwan22.875East China University of Science and TechnologyChina49.6
76United Arab Emirates UniversityUnited Arab Emirates22.675Shanghai International Studies UniversityChina49.6
77Universiti Kebangsaan MalaysiaMalaysia22.377Beijing Foreign Studies UniversityChina49.3
78University of PretoriaSouth Africa21.778Pontificia Universidade Católica do Rio Grande do SulBrazil49.0
79American University of SharjahUnited Arab Emirates21.479Kazan Federal UniversityRussia48.9
80National Chung Cheng UniversityTaiwan21.280Universidade Federal FluminenseBrazil48.7
80Hacettepe UniversityTurkey21.281Universidade Federal do Paraná (UFPR)Brazil48.5
82Chiang Mai UniversityThailand21.082Universidade Federal do PernambucoBrazil48.2
83University of Marrakech Cadi AyyadMorocco20.883Shanghai University of Finance and EconomicsChina47.9
84University of Technology BrnoCzech Republic20.484Ural Federal UniversityRussia47.0
85Chulalongkorn UniversityThailand20.385Banaras Hindu UniversityIndia45.5
86University of ChileChile20.286People's Friendship University of RussiaRussia45.0
87UNESP - Universidade Estadual PaulistaBrazil20.086Northwestern Polytechnical UniversityChina45.0
88Shanghai UniversityChina19.988University of the Western CapeSouth Africa44.8
89Prince of Songkla UniversityThailand19.789Southern Federal UniversityRussia44.5
90Feng Chia UniversityTaiwan19.690Chongqing UniversityChina42.9
90Sichuan UniversityChina19.691Voronezh State UniversityRussia42.6
92National Chengchi UniversityTaiwan19.092Indian Institute of Information Technology(IIIT) - AllahabadIndia42.4
93Alexandria UniversityEgypt18.693South China University of TechnologyChina42.1
93University of SzegedHungary18.694University of PuneIndia42.0
95Cairo UniversityEgypt18.095Harbin Engineering UniversityChina41.4
95Universiti Putra MalaysiaMalaysia18.096Universidade Federal de ViçosaBrazil41.1
97Mansoura UniversityEgypt17.897National Research University "Moscow Power Engineering Institute"Russia40.7
98Northwestern Polytechnical UniversityChina17.598Donghua UniversityChina40.5
99Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher EducationMexico17.499Far Eastern Federal UniversityRussia39.8
100University of ŁódźPoland17.3100Manipal Academy of Higher EducationIndia39.7

# The data published is taken from Times Higher Education and QS Top Universities.

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