Surge in Young Universities:  Asia Leads with Iran and Turkey Showing Notable Growth

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Surge in Young Universities: Asia Leads with Iran and Turkey Showing Notable Growth

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TEHRAN: The Times Higher Education has placed Iran second among Islamic countries in terms of the number of universities included in Young University Rankings 2024.

The latest Times Higher Education Young University Rankings have highlighted significant progress in higher education across various countries. This year, 673 universities under 50 years old were evaluated, with 499 additional institutions receiving ‘reporter’ status for providing data without meeting ranking criteria.

Key Highlights:
• Iran’s Rising Influence: Iran now boasts 46 universities in the Young University Rankings, a jump from 39 last year and 20 in 2020. Shiraz University of Technology leads domestically, placing in the global top 100 at 85th.

• Islamic Countries’ Representation: Out of the 673 ranked institutions, 272 hail from 19 Islamic countries, up from 213 last year. The UAE (27), Malaysia (32), Turkey (52), and Iran (85) top the list among Islamic nations.

• Turkey’s Expansion: Turkey’s presence increased to 58 universities, up from 47 last year and 23 in 2020. This positions Turkey as a significant player in the global higher education landscape.
Global and Regional Rankings:

• Asia’s Dominance: Asia now houses nearly half of the world’s young research universities, with its representation almost doubling from 165 in 2020 to 327 this year.

• Notable Iranian Universities: Iran University of Medical Sciences (119), Isfahan University of Technology (136), and Imam Khomeini International University (177) are among the top-ranked Iranian institutions.

Other Rankings:
• SCImago Institutions Rankings (SIR) 2024: 197 Iranian universities are featured, with Tehran University of Medical Sciences (5th) and the University of Tehran (10th) among the top ten in West Asia.

• Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings by Subject 2024: Included 17 Iranian universities in 17 subject entries, showcasing strengths in Engineering, Technology, Life Sciences, and Medicine.

• Webometrics World Ranking 2024: 435 Iranian institutions were ranked, with Tehran University improving its position to 285 from 305 last year.

• University Ranking by Academic Performance (URAP) 2023-2024: 71 Iranian institutions were ranked, with Tehran University leading nationally and placing 231st globally.

This year’s rankings underscore the rapid development of higher education institutions in Asia and Islamic countries, particularly in Iran and Turkey, reflecting their growing influence and commitment to academic excellence.