Manipal University honored as the No. 1 Indian Private University in QS World University Rankings 2018

New Delhi: Manipal University, one of India’s leading private Universities, today announced its entry to the QS World University Rankings for the first time. In the rankings released on June 7, Manipal University figures in the 701-750 rank range in the world, is the highest-ranked Private University in India and secures No. 13 position in the overall ranking of Indian Universities – thus moving ahead of University Of Calcutta, Aligarh Muslim University, Banaras Hindu University, BITS Pilani, Panjab University, University of Mumbai and University of Pune.

The ranking is based on parameters like Employer reputation, Student-to-faculty ratio, Citations per faculty, International faculty ratio and international student ratio. In the parameter for “student-to-faculty ratio,” Manipal University was ranked second among all Indian universities – public or private.


Dr H. Vinod Bhat, Vice Chancellor said, “I am delighted to learn about Manipal University position in the QS World Ranking of universities 2018. We have reached a major milestone with this achievement. This is the result of rigorous efforts and perseverance of the faculty, staff, students and alumni. Our focus now is to be sub-600 in the 2019 World Rankings. With world class infrastructure, our faculty ratio, international collaboration and a strong alumni base and ever growing research capability, I am certain that we will get there.”

 For the 2018 Rankings, QS has analyzed over 75 million citations from more than 12 million papers, 115,000 survey responses from employers and academics and considered more than 4,000 universities before evaluating 950 of them. The QS World University Rankings® 2018 is bigger and more comprehensive than ever and remains the only global ranking to have been independently scrutinized. Based on six performance indicators, the ranking assesses university performance across four areas: research, teaching, employability, and internationalization. The performance indicators are Academic reputation, Employer reputation, Student-to-faculty ratio, Citations per faculty, International faculty ratio and international student ratio. Four of the indicators are based on ‘hard’ data, and the remaining two are based on major global surveys – one of academics and another of employers – each the largest of their kind.

 Dr. Bhat added,”We have also done well in the ranking by subject with our Pharmacy and Medical Colleges finding places in world ranking. With this as the much-needed shot in the arm, we hope to do much better in the next couple of years. We have done well in the rankings by magazines within the country, which is an indication of the good progress we are making. I am also glad with the progress we are making in research.”

 Earlier this year, Manipal College of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Kasturba Medical Colleges, Manipal and Mangalore featured in the QS World University Ranking by Subject. And it was for the first time that Manipal University’s constituent colleges were finding places in the ranking by subjects. The Pharmacy College was ranked in the 251-300 range and the medical colleges in the 451-500 range. In the Times Higher Education BRICS & Emerging Economies University Rankings 2017, Manipal University has been ranked in the 251-300 bracket. In the 2016 QS University Asia Ranking, Manipal University figured at the 200th position. Manipal University broke into that prestigious position from among the top 350 Universities across 17 Asian countries.

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