A new ranking system scores the college on a broad number of topics inclduing teaching, learning, research and international orientation.
The system is known as the U-Multirank scheme and is a European Commission initiative which helps students to identify the strengths and weakness of a college. Students of six Irish technology and science colleges will be delighted that their college came out on top.
University College Dublin (UCD) was the only Irish university to be included in the science and technology ranking, but it placed highest of all our colleges in 25th place of the 231 institutions compared.
Dublin Insitute of Technology (DIT) got As in three out of four of the schemes international categories and received As in a number of subheadings, coming in at 38 overall.
Other Irish institutions included in the list:
- Galway-Mayo Institute Of Technology
- University College Of Cork
- Institute of Technology Tallaght
- Letterkenny Institute of Technology
Galway-Mayo and Cork institutes of technology got four As each and the Institute of Technology Tallaght received three As and one went to Letterkenny Institute of Technology. Only institutions that award PhDs were ranked, in order to compare colleges accurately.
According to The Irish Examiner, Higher Education Minister of State Mary Mitchell O’Connor will be pushing for a law to be passed by the year-end to permit the creation of technological universities (TUs). The Technological University will combine ITs to make a technological university. The bill was waiting to be considered by the Oireachtas education committee but will now be amended to facilitate the need for the TU to have at least three ITs combine.