University of Colombo achieves top ranking, BRICS & Emerging Economies 2017
On 30th November 2016, the University of Colombo was ranked among the top 300 in the prestigious Times Higher Education BRICS & Emerging Economics Rankings 2017. The inclusion of the University of Colombo in the BRICS & Emerging Economies ranking is a significant achievement, as it indicates the University’s ranking as one of the top 300 institutions in the 50 countries included in the analysis. Notably, the Times Higher Education BRICS & Emerging Economies University Rankings 2017 only includes institutions in countries classified as “advanced emerging”, “secondary emerging” or “frontier” by the FTSE. The ranking uses the same 13 rigorous performance indicators as the World University Rankings, examining each university’s strengths against all of its core missions – teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook, with the methodology having been carefully recalibrated to better reflect the characteristics and development priorities of universities in developing economies. Being a University in a country with one such developing economy, achieving this ranking among renowned institutions worldwide is indeed a commendable feat.
Phil Baty, Editor, World University Rankings, said: “It is no easy task to appear in the 2017 BRICS & Emerging Economies Rankings, which use the same 13 rigorous and demanding performance indicators as the overall World University Rankings. Institutions must demonstrate high standards of performance across teaching, research, international outlook and knowledge transfer and compete with other leading research universities across 50 emerging economy countries. We only rank the very best universities from this cohort so to make the top 300 list is a great achievement in itself and the University of Colombo should be heartily congratulated.”