Outside top 100... again
The QS World rankings were the first to relieve Ireland of the academic prestige that comes with being considered inside the world's top 100 education institutions. Times Higher Education have published their results, further condeming Ireland to academic mediocrity on the international stage.
Have our colleges suddenly become much worse places to learn since 2008, you ask? No, they just have less resources. And for these rankings agencies, resources is king. Without it, how can you have world class research centres?
Trinity has made ground on its last ranking in QS, claiming 110th place. UCD is the next paddy on the list, coming in at 187. The remainder of Irish universities, NUIG, UCC, NUIM, DCU and UL all scored outside the 300.
These ratings follow an independent EU report that suggested Ireland merge a number of its education institions, including a merger of Trinity and UCD. However, Minister of Education Ruari Quinn rebutted this report, which was being "shelved" by the Government for the forseeable future.
Interestingly enough, neither OxBridge nor Ivy Leagues take the biscuit in this latest ranking. In fact, the prestige has made its way across to the other side of the American continent, to California Institute of Technology. Caltech, as its commonly known, defines itself as a research university, and it would seem that its focus on R&D has paid dividends to college usually overshadowed on the west coast by the likes of Stanford, UCLA and USC.
Oxford came in second, followed by Silicon Valley-hugging Stanford, and Massechussetts neighbours Harvard and MIT.
The rankings agency also ran a rankings based on reputation, of which Harvard, MIT and Cambridge came out on top.