According to Times Higher Education
Iran increases share of world's top universities
With 47 Iranian universities ranked among 1,527 top universities of 93 countries in the world in 2021 rankings, Iran achieved a great improvement in the academic field.
Times Higher Education (THE) is the data provider underpinning university excellence in every continent across the world. Since 2004, its World University Rankings provides the definitive list of the world’s best universities. The Times Higher Education World University Rankings are the only global performance tables that judge research-intensive universities across all their core missions based on 13 carefully calibrated performance indicators that measure an institution’s performance across teaching, research, knowledge transfer, and international outlook. It includes almost 1,400 universities across 92 countries, standing as the largest and most diverse university rankings ever to date.
In comparison to the 2020 ranking, along with the increase in the number of Iranian universities among tops, some universities, including the Sharif University of Technology, universities of science and technology including, Iran, Tehran, Kordestan, and Shahid Beheshti achieved a 100-level improvement. From 2012 to 2014, there was only one university from Iran on the list. In 2015, Sharif University of Technology and Isfahan University of Technology were included, and in 2016, the number of universities reached eight. In 2017, it has increased to 13 universities, in 2018 to 18 universities, and in 2019 and 2020 to 29 and 40 universities, respectively.
Medical sciences universities of Kurdistan, Mohaghegh Ardabili, Kerman, Arak, Hakim Sabzevari, Lorestan, Razi, Sistan-Baluchestan, and Shahid Rajaei Teacher Training Universities, were listed on 2021 ranking for the first time, while Zanjan University and Imam Khomeini International University, which included last year, missed the ranking this year.
From other Islamic countries, 43 Turkish universities, 21 Egyptian universities, and 17 Pakistani universities tops the list for the highest number of universities. Malaysia with 15 universities, Algeria and Saudi Arabia with 10 each, Indonesia with 9 universities, Nigeria and Tunisia with 6 universities each, Jordan, Morocco and UAE with 5 each, Lebanon with 4 universities, Iraq and Kazakhstan with 3 each, Bangladesh with 2, and other countries of Oman, Qatar, Kuwait and Uganda with one was on the list.