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Progress for Irish Universities in World Rankings

Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science Simon Harris has welcomed the news that seven Irish universities have gone up in the world rankings.

This included Trinity College Dublin, which enjoyed a jump of 17 places from 98th to 81st in the world.

Speaking about the progress, Minister Harris said, “this is great news for all the universities involved, and for the country as a whole. This shows the value of this new department, and the investment made by this government. While international rankings are just one measure of success, they do help attract investment from industry and help retain talent.”

“As we continue to increase funding in third level, while also developing our research capacity, through the government’s Funding the Future policy, I am convinced Irish universities will continue to benefit, and this will be recognised on international ranking tables. Each of the universities who have seen their rankings increase today deserve praise, but we must also recognise the incredible work achieved at institutions across the country which have helped build a system that is inclusive, accessible and flexible. That is an important metric that we must ensure remains a priority for Irish institutions.”

QS Quacquarelli Symonds, global higher education specialists, released the 20th anniversary edition of the world’s most-consulted international university rankings.

This unique ranking system is the only one of its kind that incorporates both employability and sustainability factors.

For the twelfth consecutive year, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) maintains its reign at the top.

The Irish universities which saw their rankings ascend are Trinity College Dublin (98th-81st), UCD (181st – 171st), UCC (303rd – 292nd), UL – (540-531st – 426th), DCU (471st – 436th), Maynooth University (801st-1000th – 801st-850th) and TU Dublin (801st-1000th – 851st-900th).

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