Dublin City University is the only Irish university to feature in an influential international ranking of the top 50 young universities in the world, having been placed 44th in a table dominated mainly by Asian universities. For the third year in a row, DCU has been listed in the QS World Top 50 Under 50 which showcases the next generation of leading universities established since 1964. Universities are scored on research excellence, employability of graduates and international engagement.
Professor Brian MacCraith, President of DCU has welcomed the publication of the new league table,
“DCU’s inclusion, for the third year running, in the QS Top 50 Under 50, is a welcome recognition globally of DCU as a young, innovative university leading the way in delivering a first-class education for its students and spearheading research with real societal impact. Despite difficult funding circumstances, DCU continues to hold its own on the international stage, thanks to the commitment and quality of its academic and research staff.”
Professor MacCraith highlighted the importance of these rankings in forging international partnerships,
“Inclusion of Irish universities in these international rankings is critical when looking at the sustainability of the Irish higher education sector. DCU’s ranking as one of the world’s top young universities would have been pivotal in attracting students from abroad and in the development of strategic international partnerships such as DCU’s recent agreement with the Princess Nora Bint Abdulrahman University in Saudi Arabia to deliver undergraduate business programmes. While funding models for higher education remain uncertain into the future, it is imperative that we look to maximise and leverage the international reputation of Irish higher education.”
The QS Top 50 Under 50 was created to highlight the achievements of younger institutions which may be placed at a disadvantage when competing with longer-established universities in the normal rankings. The well-established reputations enjoyed by universities dating back centuries help them to dominate the QS World University Rankings and others like them.
For further information on the QS Top 50 Under 50 Rankings, visit http://topuniversities.com/top-50-under-50.