Trinity College named among top 100 universities in the world

Trinity College was the only Irish university to make the top 100 list.

Trinity College named among top 100 universities in the world.

Dublin’s Trinity College has been named among the top 100 universities in the world by Quacquarelli Symonds (QS). QS is a British company specialising in the analysis of universities across the world.

Trinity College was the only Irish institution to break into the top 100 list. It found itself among the likes of the UK’s Cambridge and Oxford, and the USA’s Harvard and Stanford.

Trinity College – the 81st-best university in the world

Trinity College named among top 100 universities in the world.

QS ranked Trinity College at 81st on their world university rankings. While this represents a considerable drop from its highest ranking of 43rd in 2009, it acts as further evidence of the university’s steady improvement since its lowest ranking of 108 in 2020.

The ranking was based on a set of ten criteria: environmental impact, social impact, sustainable institutions, sustainable education, sustainable research, equality, knowledge exchange, impact of education, employability and opportunities, and life quality.

Trinity academics will be pleased that the university performed well in the QS rankings for such important factors as the impact of its education, graduate employability, equality, and social impact.

However, work remains for Trinity College in terms of its green initiatives. QS afforded the university relatively poor scores regarding its environmental impact and the sustainability of its campuses, education, and research.

Best in Ireland – but how does Trinity compare with the rest of the world?

Surprisingly, Yale was not in the top ten.
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As mentioned, Trinity’s ranking of 81st is a slump from its 2009 high of 43rd. However, QS still considers it the best university in the country. Its nearest competitor was Dublin neighbour University College Dublin at 171st.

Other Irish universities ranked by QS include Queen’s University Belfast (202), University of Galway (289), University College Cork (292), University of Limerick (426), Dublin City University (436), and Ulster University (498).

Although rated the best university in Ireland, Trinity College came a considerable way behind the world’s top-ranked universities.

QS’s top ten, in order, included Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Oxford, Harvard, Stanford, Imperial College London, ETH Zurich, National University of Singapore, University College London, and University of California, Berkeley, which lies close to some of the famous deserts of California.

“Good news” for Trinity College – the reaction of Dr Linda Doyle

Dr Linda Doyle welcomed this "good news".
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While Trinity provost and president Dr Linda Doyle admitted that rankings are of secondary importance to the university, she welcomed the news of QS’s rating.

“Rankings don’t reflect the full breadth of all the important things we do, and we have lots more to be proud of in Trinity,” Doyle said. “Still, this outcome is good news for us.

“I want to thank everyone in Trinity for the dedication and hard work that has contributed to this significant jump”.

Doyle also stressed the importance of “sustained long-term investment in people and infrastructure to ensure the conditions exist for our students and staff to excel”.

She further highlighted that such investment “benefits our students, our society, and Ireland’s standing in the world”.

See QS’s university rankings in full here.

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