Very respectable if not remarkable showing by the Irish Universities in the latest Times Higher Education-QS World University Rankings for 2009.
Trinity is at 43 and UCD has broken into the top 100 at 89.
UCC - 207
NUIG - 243
DCU - 279
The list very skewed towards English speaking countries. Whether this is a bias or not I suppose is open to debate. Also not sure how it tallies with the quality of high level research when not one German University and only three Japanese Universities make the top 50. My fear is that Irish Universities might be a bit too preoccupied with their ranking, or at least more pre-occupied than others
QS World University Rankings 2009TCD provost Dr John Hegarty said: "Our stated ambition was to be at the front rank of world universities and among the top 50 globally. We have achieved that in a relatively short period of time and this year's ranking of 43rd place has surpassed that original goal."
College rankings place UCD in top 100 for first time - The Irish Times - Thu, Oct 08, 2009