TCD only Irish university ranked in the world’s top 200

TCD Irish university ranked world’s top 200
Trinity College Dublin. Photo: Eamonn Farrell/

Trinity College Dublin is the only Irish university in the top 100 universities in the world according to the latest Times Higher Education (THE) list.

TCD climbed 14 places in the World University Rankings, and is now rated as 117th best in the world.

It is Ireland’s only representative in the top 200, with NUI Galway, UCD and the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland ranked between 201 and 250.

In all, nine Irish institutions make the 1000-strong list, with University College Cork, Dublin City University, Maynooth University, University of Limerick and Dublin Institute of Technology also making the grade.

Trinity’s dean of research John Boland welcomed the news, but said that further investment is needed in the education sector to maintain these gains.

He said: “A world-class university requires resourcing at internationally competitive levels and for Trinity to sustain its position and increase further worldwide requires adequate investment in the university sector.”


NUI Galway President Dr Jim Browne, said: “Our students will be the future leaders and innovators and when we look at economic development, we need to make sure we have the supports in place to help our students to dream big and reach their potential.”

In terms of the top universities in the world, UK and US institutions dominate the top 10 in the Times Higher Education rankings.

The US and the UK are well represented overall, with 62 and 31 universities in the top 200 respectively.

On top is the University of Oxford, followed by University of Cambridge and the California Institute of Technology.

While Ireland only has one representative in the top 200, France has just six, Spain has two and Italy also has two.

Likely decline

While Ireland’s representation overall was the same as in 2016, there was a warning from Phil Baty, editorial director of THE Global Rankings, with regards to the financial situation of Ireland’s higher education sector.

He told the Irish Independent: “Ireland’s global standing is likely to decline if funding does not increase and institutions are not given greater autonomy.

“The UK’s exit from the EU provides great opportunities for Ireland – the country could be well placed to attract researchers from the UK and elsewhere that want to retain access to EU research funding and remain in the EU.”

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