University College Dublin is among the top 200 universities in the world according to the latest set of QS university world rankings, coming in at 171st.

UCD remains the second-highest-ranking university in Ireland, with Trinity College Dublin ascending up the ranks to 77th in the world, but retaining a significant lead over the other Irish universities.

In last year’s rankings, University College Dublin was ranked 181st in the world but has jumped ten spaces in the Quacquarelli Symonds ranking system. UCD’s ranking of 171st may be a small improvement upon last year, however, also it represents the university arresting a decline in rankings over the last ten years.

Since 2010, UCD’s ranking steadily disimproved from its peak as the 114th-best university in the world, reaching the university’s worst rating in 2019 at 193 in the world. Trinity and UCD have seen the same trend across their university ratings, with both universities seeing a marked improvement in their ratings since 2020.

The QS World University Rankings are determined by a universities score across a wide range of ranking criteria all based out of 100. UCD’s rating for international faculty ratio was its strongest point in the QS rating system at 98.8. 

Both Irish universities had poor Faculty-Student Ratios, scores which have steadily worsened as universities have seen student numbers increase with new hiring lagging behind, 23.7 for Trinity and 20.7 for UCD.

UCD trailed significantly behind TCD in its international student ratio and academic reputation, although it had a slight advantage in employer reputation.

Hugh Dooley – Co-Editor