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Bangladeshi universities snub top Asia ranking

30Not a single university from Bangladesh cared to send data for the top 100 list of the Times Higher

Education Asia University Ranking 2015 despite being invited, reports bdnews24.com.

bdnews24.com came to know about it after it contacted the London-based group, days after it

released the 2015 report, featuring top 100 Asian universities.

Universities from Japan, Singapore, Hong Kong, China, and India dominate the list.

As bdnews24.com waited for a reply from the group, a few media outlets reported that Bangladeshi

universities’ failure to feature even on the Asia list reflected the poor quality of higher education

they offered.

But the Times Higher Education group told bdnews24.com that they had invited Bangladesh’s

universities, but did not get any data from any of the institutions to rank them.

“Institutions in Bangladesh were invited to participate but only one responded to our invitation and

then subsequently did not supply data,” Ellie Bothwell, rankings reporter at Times Higher Education,


“Consequently, no universities in Bangladesh have been ranked,” she told bdnews24.com in an email

reply on Monday.

The Times Higher Education prepared the Asian ranking based on the same criteria as the World

University Rankings, prepared by Thomson Reuters.

They judge world class universities across all of their core missions – teaching, research, knowledge

transfer and international outlook.

The University of Tokyo retained the top position while the National University of Singapore and the

University of Hong Kong retained the second and third place respectively.