Academic Rankings of Top Turkish Universities

Academic rankings of top Turkish universities are disappointing. The rankings shown below do not reflect the quality of education, however. I am very familiar with these universities, especially my alma mater Boğaziçi University. The quality of teaching at Boğaziçi University is at the same level as the top universities in the United States.

The rankings below are primarily determined by the impact of academic papers originating from these universities based on citations as well as the rankings of the journals those papers appear in. Experts who analyzed the situation concluded that the majority of Turkish academics tend to publish in lower impact journals.

US News and World Report 2018 rankings:

234. Boğaziçi University
367. ODTÜ University
376. İTÜ University

QS 2018 rankings:

425. İ. D. Bilkent University
435. Koç University
465. Sabancı University
475. ODTÜ University
495. Boğaziçi University

THE 2018 rankings:

375. Sabancı University
450. Koç University

ARWU 2018 rankings:

450. İstanbul University

source: Taha Akyol’s article in Karar daily newpaper

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