A decade of higher educational cutbacks means nearly all of Ireland’s universities are continuing to fall in international rankings and the decline will have damaging long-term effects, the heads of Trinity College Dublin and UCD have warned.
Trinity is the only Irish university ranked in the top 100 international universities but it and all other universities here, except NUIGaiway,are rated lower than last year in the just published QS World University Rankings2016/17.
Trinity is ranked number 98, a fall of 20 places from its position last year while UCD, the second-highest ranking Irish university, fell 22 places to 176. NUIG was the only Irish university not to drop in the overall rankings, rising to 249 from 271.
UCC fell 50 places to 283 and DCU went from 353 to 380. UL fell out of the top 500 and is now ranked in the 501-550 band. DIT andNUIMaynooth also fell, with both now ranked between 651-700.
Queens University Belfast was ranked 195, down from 182 last year, while University of Ulster fell into the 601-650 band.