Iranian universities rise by 10% in Times ranking

TEHRAN – There are 65 universities from Iran in the 2023 ranking of the Times Institute of Higher Education, which indicates a 10 percent increase compared to 58 universities ranked last year.

Being sixth among countries with more than 50 representatives is one of the important features of this ranking for Iran.

According to this report, “Golestan Medical Sciences”, “Kurdistan Medical Sciences”, and “Mazandaran Medical Sciences” universities are in first place nationally and 351-400 in the world.

The position of two Iranian universities is also defined as “reporter”. Institutions whose world ranking is “reporter” are those that have provided their data to “Times Higher Education Institute”, but did not meet the minimum required to obtain rank.

After Japan, China and India, Iran was the fourth Asian country having the highest number of universities included in the 2023 edition.

In total, 1799 institutions from 104 different countries of the world are listed. In the Middle East, Turkey and Iran have the largest share. Meanwhile, Asia has the most representatives in this ranking with 669 universities.

In last year’s ranking, 58 institutions from Iran were among the top institutions in the world. Examining the annual trend of the presence of Iranian universities has shown a continuous increase from one university in the 2012 edition to 65 universities in the 2023 edition.

However, it should be noted that the number of “Times Institute of Higher Education” top institutions has also increased year by year. For example, in the 2022 edition, 1,662 universities from different countries were ranked.

The University of Oxford tops the ranking for the seventh consecutive year. Harvard University remains in second place, but the University of Cambridge jumps from joint fifth last year to joint third.

The highest new entry is Italy’s Humanitas University, ranked in the 201-250 bracket.

The Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2023 include 1,799 universities across 104 countries and regions, making them the largest and most diverse university rankings to date.

The table is based on 13 carefully calibrated performance indicators that measure an institution’s performance across four areas: teaching, research, knowledge transfers, and international outlook.

This year’s ranking analyzed over 121 million citations across more than 15.5 million research publications and included survey responses from 40,000 scholars globally.

Academic quality

Most recently, the Leiden ranking system published the 2022 report, according to which 44 Iranian universities were among the 1,318 top universities in the world.

Also, the Iran University of Medical Sciences has been ranked as the world’s leading university for contributing to delivering the UN’s Sustainable Development Goal of good health and well-being.

Fifty-eight universities from Iran were listed among the top universities in Asia, according to the 2022 Asia University Rankings of the Times Higher Education.

The 2022 edition of the Times Higher Education Impact Rankings, based on universities’ contributions to delivering the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), listed 27 Iranian universities.

The Webometrics Ranking of World Universities 2022 has ranked 694 Iranian institutions among 30,000 top universities across the world.

Also, 59 Iranian universities have been listed among the top 3,000 institutions in the world in terms of academic quality, according to the 2021-2022 report released by University Ranking by Academic Performance (URAP).

The Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) Graduate Employability Rankings 2022 list has been released, which included three Iranian universities out of a total of 550 institutes worldwide that highlighted graduate employment processes.

Meanwhile, 41 Iranian universities in engineering sciences and 12 universities in computer sciences have made a place among the top 1,188 universities in the world with the announcement of Higher Education World University Rankings 2022 by subject.

It also has introduced 59 Iranian universities among the top institutions in World University Rankings 2022.