29 September 2018
60 percent growth of universities in Iran in 2019 ranking of the Times
In 2019 ranking, the Times has witnessed the presence of 29 Iranian universities among 1258 top universities in the world.

The Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2019 includes more than 1,250 universities, making it biggest international league table to date.

According to the report of Public Relations and International Scientific Corporation of the Islamic World Science Citation Center (ISC), Dr. Mohammad Jawad Dehghani, president of ISC, said:

The Times Higher Education World University Rankings is one of the most prestigious international ranking systems that rank universities in the world. While in 2012-2014 there was only one university in Iran and in 2015 there were two universities of Sharif University of Technology and Isfahan University of Technology, in 2016 the number of universities grew to 8, in 2017 it reached to 13 universities, and in 2018 the number has grown to 18 universities.

Dehghani added: In recent ranking of 2019, with the arrival of 11 new universities, 29 universities from the Islamic Republic of Iran were among 1258 top universities in the world from 86 countries, and this has promising the growth of more powerful Iranian universities in international rankings. The universities of Kashan, Mashhad University of Medical Sciences, Shiraz University of Technology, Shahid Madani, Mazandaran, Shiraz University of Technology, Mazandaran, Shahid Beheshti, Kharazmi, Shahid Bahonar University of Kerman, Shahrood and Urmia Universites of Technology have been present in the Times for the first time.

Accordingly, in 2019 ranking, the universities of Kashan, Mashhad University of Medical Sciences and Shiraz University of Technology, who had been present for the first time in this ranking, ranked very well.

However, the Babol Noshirvani University of Technology has ranked among the top universities in the ranking of 351- 400 and Amir Kabir University of Technology as well as Kashan University in the rankings of 501-600.

Universities of Islamic Countries in the Times Higher Education World University Ranking

In terms of the number of universities, the Islamic Republic of Iran with 29 universities has the highest number of universities.

From other Islamic countries, Turkey has 23 universities, Egypt with 19 universities, Malaysia 11 universities, Pakistan with 9 universities, and Saudi Arabia and Algeria each with 6 universities, Indonesia with 5 universities, Morocco, Jordan and the United Arab Emirates, each with 4 universities, Kazakhstan 2 universities and other countries in Iraq, Oman, Nepal, Tanzania, Jamaica, Qatar and Kuwait are ranked by one university in 2019.

In ranking of this year''s Times, for the first time, universities from Iraq, Jamaica, Nepal, Tanzania and Kazakhstan have been ranked. Altogether, in the Islamic countries, there were about 141 universities in this ranking.

Among top universities in Islamic countries, Saudi Arabia has achieved the best international rank in the range of 250-201, Malaysia and UAE are in the range of 350-301 and Iran, Turkey and Jordan are in the range of 351-400.

The president of ISC said: Altogether, among Islamic countries, only 11 universities ranked below 500. However, according to the 10-year plan of science, innovation, and technology of Islamic countries of OIC (approved in 2017 in Kazakhstan), it is necessary to have 50 universities from Islamic countries among top 500 universities in 2026. For this reason, serious efforts have to be made with the provision of an appropriate roadmap to the universities in these countries, in addition to increasing the number of universities in the ranking and the appropriate place on the international level.