UCD have risen to 176th, putting just 16 places between the two universities – the closest margin between the two colleges since the rankings were first established.
The rankings, which were published on Wednesday night, will come as a relief to those in Belfield, who dropped out of the top 200 in 2014’s rankings.
However, they will prove cause for concern for Trinity College as they slip further down the rankings, having been ranked as number 43 in the world just six years ago in a joint THES/QS ranking.
UCD were ranked 89th that year, subsequently experiencing a similar drop, however the college’s rise this year is only the 2nd time in the last 6 years that either university has seen an increase in rankings.
Away from UCD and Trinity, there were varied fortunes for several of the other universities in the country.
NUIG remain unchanged in the 251-300 bracket, and are joined this year by Royal College of Surgeons who rose up from the 351-400 bracket. Queen’s University Belfast climb up to 200th place, moving up from the 251-275 bracket.
UCC slipped from 276-300 to the 351-400 bracket, just two weeks after QS put it at 233rd in the world in its standalone ranking.
Five other higher education institutions from Ireland entered the rankings this year, as the THES survey covered 800 institutions worldwide, compared to 400 last year.
Maynooth University gained their inaugural listing in the 351-400 bracket, ahead of DCU (401-500), Ulster University (401-500), University of Limerick (501-600), and Dublin Institute of Technology (601-800).
The California Institute of Technology are ranked at number 1 in the latest rankings, followed closely by Oxford, Stanford and Cambridge.
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