The latest QS University rankings have just been released. Irish Universities, for the most part, have continued their gradual fall in the rankings or maintained their ranking. The QS rankings are based on research, teaching, the employability of its graduates and international outlook. Figure 1 shows the actual rankings since 2005. The graph shows Irish universities have had a strong increase in rankings throughout this period but with a worsening outlook for 2011 and 2012.
Figure 2 shows the rate of change over the same time period. During the 2005 to 2009 period all Irish universities were showing improving rankings. However, from 2010 onwards this situation has reversed and most Irish universities are now losing ground on their international competitors or making only marginal gains on them.
Justin Doran is a Lecturer in Economics, in the Department of Economics, University College Cork, Ireland.