Times Higher Education list puts Czech schools in surprising order
Prague, Oct 2 (ČTK) — Nine out of 26 public universities in the Czech Republic are listed among the 800 best schools in the world in the Times Higher Education Ranking (THE) 2015-2016 presented in Melbourne on Thursday, daily Lidové noviny (LN) writes today.
The THE is among the three most respectable assessment standings in the world.
Surprisingly, not Charles University (UK) in Prague, founded in 1348 as the oldest university in Central and North Europe, finished the best out of Czech higher education facilities, but it was beaten by the Technical University of Ostrava (VŠB-TUO), north Moravia, placed 301st to 350th.
The ranking is traditionally led by the Californian Institute of Technology (USA), followed by Oxford University (Britain), the U.S. Stanford University and Cambridge (Britain), LN writes.
“Mainly the success rate of our technical fields is reflected in the ranking. Not the particular position is significant, but rather the results of our effort to intensively cooperate with the industry and excellence in research,” VSB Rector Ivo Vondrák told LN.
He added these to the IT4 Innovations new “supercomputer,” the 40th largest in the world, had helped the school improve its reputation.
After the VSB and UK, the University of Technology in Brno, south Moravia, was placed in the first 500 schools.
The Czech University of Technology (ČVUT) in Prague, Brno’s Masaryk University as well as the Palacký University finished from 501st to 600th, while another three Czech universities, the University of Chemistry and Technology in Prague, the University of Pardubice, east Bohemia, and the University of West Bohemia in Plzeň, were lower on the list, LN says.
The results have stirred up a fuss in the academic circles. The largest Czech universities, UK and Masaryk University will analyze the THE ranking, LN writes.
UK Rector Tomáš Zima has questioned the new assessment methods causing big moves in the standings.
However, he said as chairman of the Czech Rectors’ Conference he was pleased that the THE had been extended from 400 to 800 facilities.
Out of the neighboring countries, Poland has only seven universities among the 800 best, Hungary six and Slovakia two, LN says.