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Trinity College climbs 27 places in latest set of world university rankings

Trinity College Dublin’s, Ireland’s highest-ranked third level institution, is 134th in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2024. Photograph: iStock

Trinity College Dublin, Ireland’s highest-ranked third level institution, has climbed 27 places to 134th in the latest set of world university rankings.

Overall the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings 2024 show most Irish universities have held their positions.

UCD, the next-highest ranking university, is in the 201-250 category, while the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) has slipped into the 251-200 category.

It is followed by University of Galway (301-500), University College Cork (301-500) and Dublin City University (401-500).


University of Limerick has climbed into the 401-500 category, up from 601-800 last year, its highest-ever ranking.

There was no change for Maynooth University (401-500) or Technological University of Dublin.

The THE World University Rankings 2024 are among the most influential set of rankings, especially in Europe.

Critics say university rankings are not an accurate measure of performance and neglect key areas such as the quality of teaching and learning.

However, they remain influential internationally in areas such as reputation, research and student choice.

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University of Limerick president Prof Kerstin Mey said the university’s placing was a “milestone achievement”.

“Ranking in the top 500 universities in the world is a testament to the unwavering dedication and commitment of our university community in the pursuit of excellence and innovation,” she said.

“Together, we have forged a path of excellence and innovation that propels us forward, shaping a brighter future for all. In doing so, we have achieved a milestone that reflects the power of collective effort and the limitless potential of University of Limerick.”

She added that improving university world rankings holds immense significance for a research-led institution.

“These rankings are not just numbers or symbols of prestige, they reflect a university’s global standing and its impact on society,” she said.

Universities in the THE rankings are evaluated across five key areas or pillars of teaching: research environment, research quality, international outlook and industry.

The methodology used for the 2024 rankings included significant updates, with the introduction of a wider range of bibliometric measures, improving international metrics, and expanding the role for knowledge transfer.

Carl O'Brien

Carl O'Brien

Carl O'Brien is Education Editor of The Irish Times. He was previously chief reporter and social affairs correspondent

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