Thai universities drop in world rankings

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IIT Indore has managed to secure a place among the top 400 global universities, a first for the engineering institute, the latest Times Higher Education (THE) World Rankings show. The Indian Institute of Technology in Indore came second, ahead of the Indian Institute of Technology in Bombay.

The rankings rated 1,258 universities in 86 countries on measures including teaching, research, worldwide outlook and income from industry.

There was some good news for India: number of Indian institutions in the rankings increased from 42 a year ago to 49, making it the fifth best-represented nation.

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Globally, Oxford University, United Kingdom, for the third consecutive year, is at the number one position. Chiang Mai University, which is a reputed institute in Thailand's North, has remained in the 801-1000 band, while King Mongkut's University of Technology North Bangkok has also stayed in the 1001+ group. It was also the only Caribbean university ranked earlier this year in THE's 2018 Latin America University Rankings, in the region that is home to over 100 universities contributing to sustainable development. "The Vice-Chancellor's vision to have The UWI recognised within the top 5% of the best universities in the world has now been realised", the university said in a statement today.

"Small countries, such as the UAE, that are important global hubs similar to Singapore and Switzerland naturally have the best scores, with Hong Kong taking a noticeable leap forward in recent years", THE added.

Profiling the institution on its website, the Times Higher Education World University Rankings describes the school as one of the leading universities in Africa found on Christian Mission Ethos.

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The 2019 World University Rankings include more than 1,250 universities, making it THE's biggest global league table to date.

The Indian Institute of Science - in the 251-300 band - continues to retain the lead, but in an impressive debut, IIT Indore becomes India's second highest-ranked university in the 351-400 rankings bracket.

An NTU spokesman said the university was making steady progress.

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