Kathmandu, October 7
Tribhuvan University, the oldest varsity in the country, has been ranked among top 800 to 1,000 universities in the world by the United Kingdom-based Times Higher Education-World University Rankings.
THE-WUR is one of the world’s largest university ranking agency. It also publishes lists of top 10 and top 100 universities in the world, according to TU Vice-chancellor Tirtha Raj Khaniya.
VC Khaniya had participated in the world university ranking programme organised by THE-WUR in Singapore from September 25 to 27. This is the first time TU applied for the ranking. Khaniya said, “The criteria for selection are so tough that many universities don’t even get through the selection process. We met the criteria. This is an achievement for us.”
The 13 performance indicators of the ranking process were divided into five major groups — teaching weightage, research weightage, citation influence, international outlook and industrial income. All the five groups were further divided into dozens of sub-groups.
According to Executive Director at Planning Directorate of Tribhuvan University Hridish Kumar Pokhrel, TU had scored 30 per cent in the first three groups, but scored only 5.7 per cent in international outlook and 2.5 in industrial outcome.“It seems we can upgrade our ranking by forging collaboration with foreign universities and attracting international students.”
Webometrics had ranked TU 4,241th in 2015 and 3,895th in 2017. The Webometrics Ranking of World Universities, also known as Ranking Web of Universities, is a ranking system for the world’s universities based on a composite indicator that takes into account both the volume of the web contents (number of web pages and files) and the visibility and impact of these web publications.
VC Khaniya said they had a wrong perception about their own university. “We had been underestimating our teaching methods and overall results. With this upgraded ranking, we are excited that research conducted by our scholars will also gain international recognition.”
Varsity sees decline in new enrolments
KATHMANDU: While Tribhuvan University officials are elated after the varsity was ranked among 1,000 universities in the world, number of students enrolling in TU and its constituent colleges has drastically declined over the last four years. A total of 604,437 students were studying in colleges under the university in 2014. The number has come down to 367,427 in 2018. A total of 334,911 male students were studying in colleges under the university in 2014. In 2017, the number of male students dropped to 167,857. Likewise, the number of female students has also declined by 25 per cent over the last four years.
A version of this article appears in print on October 08, 2018 of The Himalayan Times.