UCD rises to #177 in QS World University Rankings 2021

The QS World University Rankings 2021 have been released. UCD’s position rose twelve places from 185 in the QS World University Rankings 2020, to 177 this year.

The rankings list the top 1000 universities in the world. The place each university holds within the table was rated according to the following criteria; Academic Reputation, Employer Reputation, Faculty Student, International Faculty, International Students, and Citations per Faculty.

Trinity College Dublin remained top of the Irish list at 101, rising 7 places. National University of Ireland, Galway at 238 and University College Cork at 286 both rose in the listing also by 21 and 24 places respectively. Beyond place number 500, universities are grouped. University of Limerick gained in its position from the 521-530 to the 511-520 bracket. 

Maynooth University stayed within the same bracket of 701-750, while Dublin City University dropped from 429 to 429 and Technology University Dublin fell from 751-800 to the lowest bracket 801-1000, following its recorded pattern of decline since 2012. 

Dublin ranked #37 on a list of the best student cities. Indicators included student opinion, desirability, affordability, employer activity and student mix.

The top universities for 2021 were Massachusetts University of Technology (MIT), Stanford University, California, and Harvard University, Massachusetts . The top three cities for 2021 were London, Tokyo and Melbourne.