London, Oct 21 () - Six Turkish universities have placed in the top 20 of a university ranking list taking into consideration 20 nations from emerging Europe and Central Asia (EECA).
A total of 12 universities made the top 100 in the list compiled by the QS Emerging Europe and Central Asia (EECA) University Rankings for the education year of 2015/2016.
Turkey’s Middle East Technical University (ODTÜ) and Bilkent University, both located in Ankara, tied for 11th place, while Istanbul’s Sabancı and Koç universities came in 14th and 15th place, respectively. Boğaziçi and Istanbul universities jointly shared the 17th rank.
ODTÜ fell one place from last year, when it cracked the top 10. Bilkent University saw an increase of one rank from last year’s 12th place.
Istanbul Technical University ranked 30th, Hacettepe, Ankara and Gazi universities, all in Ankara, respectively finished 34th, 56th and 83rd, while Ege and Dokuz Eylül universities, located in the Aegean province of İzmir, ranked 73 and 91, respectively.
In comparison to last year’s rankings, Turkey has two more universities in the top 100 list, an increase over last year’s 10. Turkey is ahead of Poland, which has 10 top-100 universities, ultimately finishing third in the region.
Lomonosov Moscow State University held the regional top spot for the second consecutive year, and was closely followed again by Novosibirsk State University, both from Russia. The Czech Republic’s Charles University also retained its place in third.
Russia has four universities in the top 10, while universities from the Czech Republic hold three places. Two universities from Poland and one university from Estonia entered the same top-10 list. Russia tops the countries with the highest number of universities in the top-100 list with 23.
Sixteen Turkish universities are among the top 150 EECA universities this year, up from 11 last year. Ege University, Dokuz Eylül University, Atatürk University finished in the 111th-120th band, while Istanbul Bilgi University and Akdeniz University, both in the 131st-140th band, were the new representatives from Turkey in the larger ranking.