IISc Bangalore becomes India’s first university to break into top ten ranking in the world

London:  Universities in India have continued to struggle to figure in the Top 100 global universities. On this context, there is cheering news for higher education system as Indian Institute of Science (IISc) Bangalore for the first time from India has become the top ten universities among global small universities category as per Times Higher Education’s Best Small Universities in the World 2017. CalTech, US, is number one in Times Higher Education’s Best Small Universities in the World 2017, published today (07 March 2017) for the second time.

IISc Bangalore has been ranked at 8th place at THE Best Small Universities in the World 2017. IISc now joins the elite club of universities that include California Institute of Technology (US), École Normale Supérieure (France), Pohang University of Science and Technology (South Korea), École Polytechnique (France), and Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa (Italy).


Small universities are defined by having fewer than 5,000 students and teach and research across more than four disciplines. Seeta Bhardwa, student editor at Times Higher Education said  “The Best Small Universities in the World for 2017 highlights that small universities provide high student satisfaction and good working relationships between students and their professors. Many students are drawn to smaller class sizes, higher teacher to student ratios and the community-like feel that a small university can provide.”

American universities secure four of the top 20 places including number one. Institutions in France and Italy each bag three of the top 10 places. Universities in South Korea, Sweden and India also take top 10 places. Turkish institutions secured two places in the top 20.

Meanwhile, India’s overall performance in the ranking is less intense, as there were two universities featured in the top 20 last year, though none were in top 10.

The Indian Institute of Science was founded in 1909 following the joint efforts of Jamsetji Nussarwanji Tata, the Government of India and the Maharaja of Mysore. Tata conceived of a university of science in 1896 that would work for the benefit of India, and in 1898, created an endowment for establishing such an institution. The Government of India decided to locate the Institute in Bengaluru, where the Maharaja of Mysore, Krishnaraja Wodeyar IV, donated over 370 acres of land for this initiative.

The Institute was formally took shape in 1909, the foundation stone was laid in 1911, and the first batch of students started their studies the same year.

List of Best Small Universities as per The Times Higher Education Best Small Universities in the world 2017

Small rank             Institution              Country

1 California Institute of Technology,  US

2 École Normale Supérieure,  France

3 Pohang University of Science and Technology, South Korea

4 École Polytechnique, France

5 Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa, Italy

6 Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, Italy

7 École Normale Supérieure de Lyon, France

8 Indian Institute of Science, India

9 Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Sweden

10 Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, Italy

11 Koç University, Turkey

12 Clark University, US

13 University of Alaska Fairbanks, US

14 Sabancı University, Turkey

15 Hasselt University, Belgium

16 Cyprus University of Technology, Cyprus

17 Tokyo Medical and Dental University (TMDU), Japan

18 University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland

19 University of Tulsa, US

20 Bond University, Australia

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