Trinity rises in QS world university rankings for first time in three years

Trinity has risen seven places from 108th to 101st globally

Trinity has risen seven places to joint 101st, joint with Pennsylvania State University in the United States, in the QS world university rankings. 

The rankings for 2021 were announced today, with Trinity remaining the highest ranked Irish university. 

A statement issued by College stated that the rise in rankings is due to the “significant positive movement in the academic reputation category”. 

Trinity’s Dean of Research, Professor Linda Doyle, said: “We are pleased to see this improvement in Trinity’s position in the QS World University Rankings. This rise is due to the reputation of our excellent staff and students who continue to give their all despite an increasingly challenging landscape”

“All Irish universities have performed well in these rankings, especially when considering the continued under-investment and significant challenges we face in competing with other universities around the globe that are more robustly supported by government,” she added. 

“While it is of course pleasing to see Trinity’s overall ranking moving in the right direction, it cannot be over-stressed that significant and sustained improvements can only be achieved if we see long-term increases in investment.”

Professor Doyle continued: “This is even more urgent in light of the unprecedented challenges we face as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. These rankings show that Ireland’s universities are internationally respected and highly regarded, but that will not continue without significant sustained and meaningful investment from government.”

Earlier this year, Trinity fell in QS world university subject rankings across all five broad subject areas. 

Trinity fell out of the top 50 universities in the world for Arts and Humanities, and is now ranked 53rd, and out of the top 100 for Engineering and Technology, Life Sciences and Medicine, and Social Sciences and Management.

Trinity ranked 111th for Engineering and Technology this year, down from 88th last year, 110th for Life Sciences and Medicine, down from 89th last year, and 110th for Social Sciences and Management, down from 89th last year.

Last year, College fell from 104th to 108th globally. Trinity fell outside the QS top 100 for the first time ever three years ago, sliding 16 places from 88th to 104th.

Over the last few years, College has seen a consistent drop in its global rankings from both QS and Times Higher Education. College has sought to blame the decline on a lack of public funding for higher education in Ireland.

Shannon Connolly

Shannon Connolly is the Editor-in-Chief of the 69th volume Trinity News, and a Senior Sophister student of English Literature and Philosophy. She previously served as Deputy Editor, News Editor and Assistant News Editor.