Miserable Rankings Of Sri Lanka’s “Top Universities”

Sri Lanka’s so-called ‘top universities’ have fared miserably in the latest survey of ranked Universities in the world according to the internationally recognized Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) Asian University Rankings for 2018.

The University of Colombo is ranked as 156, just one ranking higher than the little known Beijing Foreign Studies University. It has slipped even lower than the University of Dhaka at 124th place according to the rankings. The University of Colombo at one time offered honorary doctorates to former President Mahinda Rajapaksa and his brother Gotabaya Rajapaksa. Colombo Telegraph learns that Former Minister of Justice Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe’s doctorate in law was approved by the University Higher Degrees Committee despite numerous spelling and grammatical mistakes in the thesis.

Meanwhile the University of Peradeniya is ranked even lower, at 242nd place.

The QS ranking lists over 400 universities. It assesses universities looking at 10 primary indicators, including academic and employer reputation, the proportion of PhD qualified academic staff, and the proportion of inbound and outbound exchange students at the university. The list is topped by the US based universities, MIT, Stanford, Harvard and Caltech respectively. The UK’s Universities of Cambridge, Oxford, University College, London (UCL) and Imperial College, London, are placed at 5, 6th, 7th and 8th places respectively. 

The Nanyang Technological University (Singapore) is placed at 11th place and is the highest ranked from Asian Universities.    

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  • October 25, 2017 at 7:53 pm
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    “The University of Colombo at one time offered honorary doctorates to former President Mahinda Rajapaksa and his brother Gotabaya Rajapaksa.”

    Rajapaksa’s see to be bad karma.

    “The University of Colombo is ranked as 156
    University of Peradeniya is ranked even lower, at 242nd place.”
    So they did not give credit for all the strikes conducted during the school year.

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  • October 31, 2017 at 1:14 pm
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    This is not surprising at all. I know of an MBA graduate from Colombo Uni. Can’t spell a word of English and can’t even get a job in the Private sector.

    An empty certificate from a Dollar store with your name embedded on it, would be far more valuable than a Sri Lankan degree.

    Don’t waste your time folks.

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