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Local universities struggle in international rankings

The Times Higher Education (THE) has revealed the results of the BRICS & Emerging Economies University Rankings 2017. Taiwan has 25 universities in this year's expanded ranking of 300 institutions, up from 24 last year. Taiwan's universities have struggled to make progress this year with all but two of the universities ranked last year dropping places this year.

Universities in the five BRICS nations face stronger competition than ever from those in other emerging economies. Chinese institutions dominate, taking six of the top 10 places – led by Peking University (No. 1) and Tsinghua University (No. 2) – and 52 in the ranking overall, the highest density of leading institutions in the developing world.

India performed well in this year's ranking, increasing its share of the top universities in the ranking with 27 in the top 300. Brazil had 25 universities in the ranking, up from 14 last year, but its star performer, the University of Sao Paulo (No. 13), dropped out of the top 10.

It is a mixed picture for Russia with 24 ranked institutions beating last year's 15. Lomonosov Moscow State University held onto its third place overall, ahead of Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, which climbed rapidly to 12th position. However, 10 of Russia's universities represented dropped places this year. South Africa has also struggled to compete this year, with a slight drop in its overall representation in the rankings and three of its top four performers dropping year on year.

Phil Baty, editor of the Times Higher Education World University Rankings, said: "It is good news that 25 Taiwanese universities make this prestigious list, but disappointing that only two of these have improved their standing since last year. Taiwan's leading institution, National Taiwan University, only just clings onto a space in the top 10 after falling from 5th to 10th place, while National Chiao Tung University and National Taiwan University of Science and Technology (Taiwan Tech) both fell out of the top 15 to 20th and 23rd place respectively.

"We only rank the very best institutions in THE 2017 BRICS & Emerging Economies Rankings, so we congratulate all universities who have made this year's top 300 list. This is the most competitive BRICS and emerging economies rankings to date, with universities across 50 countries assessed.

"This ranking uses the same 13 rigorous and demanding performance indicators as the overall World University Rankings. Institutions must demonstrate high standards of performance across teaching, research, international outlook and knowledge transfer and compete with other leading research universities across emerging economy countries."

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