Trinity makes it to top 200 of world's leading colleges
DUBLIN university Trinity has been ranked in the top 200 of third-level institutions in the world.
The city centre college was placed in the top ranking of Irish universities beating its close rival University College Dublin, which ranked close behind at 269th place. University College Cork came in at number 463, as the third best university in Ireland.
Harvard scooped the top spot on the Centre for World University Rankings (CWUR), which features eight US and two British universities in the top 10: Stanford, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Oxford, Columbia, University of California, Berkeley, Chicago, Princeton and Yale.
Researchers identify eight factors when assessing all of the universities, including education quality, alumni employment, quality of faculty, publications, influence, research citations, impact and patents.
The CWUR looks at the number of alumni who are holding chief executive positions in the world's top companies when making their decision.
Experts have argued that this criterea, which is based on a Forbes magazine list, often has little reflection on Irish companies or on the rate of employment of graduates.
A total of 229 universities from the United States make the top 1,000, a further 84 from China while Japan has 74, the UK has 64 and Germany has 55.
Ireland and Greece have eight universities on the list.
Other Irish universities on the list are the National University of Ireland, Galway (600), the Royal College of Surgeons (647), Dublin City University (819), the National University of Ireland, Maynooth (820) and the University of Limerick (944).
The complete list of CWUR's top 1000 universities can be found at cwur.org.