IITs, IISc and Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham among the 11 universities in THE Emerging Economies University Rankings 2020


  • The Times Higher Education (THE) released its latest rankings of institutions in emerging economies.
  • China dominates the rankings this year with Tsinghua University, Peking University and Zhejiang University in the top three, but Saudi Arabia and South Africa have the highest average scores.
  • Of the total 56 participating universities, the rankings feature 11 Indian universities in the top 100 — marking the highest representation since 2015.
Times Higher Education (THE) has released its latest rankings of institutions in emerging economies. While China dominates the rankings this year with Tsinghua University, Peking University and Zhejiang University in the top three, Saudi Arabia and South Africa appears to be improving at a good pace with the highest average scores.


Of the total 56 participating universities, the rankings feature 11 Indian universities in the top 100 — marking its highest representation since 2015. This includes the premier Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs), Indian Institute of Science (IISc) and Institute of Chemical Technology (ICT).

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However, the surprise entrant was Coimbatore’s Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, which also featured in the Eminence scheme of the Human Resource & Development ministry. It entered the top 100 for the very first time — crawling up 51 spots from last year.

“There has long been a debate on the success of Indian universities in world rankings, and for too long they have been seen as underperforming on the global stage. The Emerging Economies University Rankings 2020 suggests that real progress is being made by a number of institutions in a number of metrics across our robust methodology, and could mark an exciting turning point for Indian higher education, enabled in part by the Institutes of Eminence scheme,” said Phil Baty, chief knowledge officer, THE.

Indian UniversitiesTHE Rankings 2020
IISc Bengaluru16
IIT Kharagpur32
IIT Bombay34
IIT Delhi38
IIT Roorkee58
IIT Indore61
IIT Madras63
IIT Ropar63
Institute of Chemical Technology73
IIT Kanpur77
Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham90

IISc ranks 16th among the global universities, dropping two places from last year. This is followed by IIT Kharagpur and IIT Bombay at the 32nd and 34th positions respectively. The Indian institutions in the list are IIT Delhi, IIT Roorkee, IIT Indore, IIT Madras, IIT Ropar and IIT Kanpur.
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Saudi Arabia’s growth came despite it being a new entrant in the rankings after it gained the status of ‘secondary emerging’ last year. India also falls in the category of secondary emerging economies.

The Emerging Economies University Rankings features institutions from countries categorised as ‘advanced emerging,’ ‘secondary emerging’ or ‘frontier’ by the London Stock Exchange’s FTSE group, which manages the indices of shares.

The rankings are based on 13 performance indicators including faculty, research and citations, industry income and international outlook. As many as 533 universities across 47 countries featured on the list.
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See also:
Only six Indian institutes featured in top 500 global university rankings

None of the India’s top IITs feature in the list of top 30 Asian universities
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