The University of Edinburgh's 30th place finish, down from 29th the year before, is its lowest ranking since 2014, when it placed 36th.
The Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2020 has the University of Toronto at spot 18 on the list, just making its way into the top 20. IIT Ropar and IIT Indore are also smaller institutions, which mean that they have a better student/staff ratio which also helps improve their rankings tally. Since 2012, through the total number of entries from the country went up from 49 in 2018 to 56 this year.
"The University is delighted that the work we have put into enriching education and research is being reflected in our improved position in both the world and United Kingdom rankings", said Professor Mariann Rand-Weaver, Vice Provost for Education at Brunel.
This year's classification sees a more global ranking of 1,400 universities across 92 countries, with several new regions joining the ranking as Brunei, Cuba, Malta, Montenegro, Puerto Rico and Vietnam all see institutions represented for the first time.
In the top 20, most schools are located in either the USA or the UK. The University of British Columbia is closest to the University of Toronto, coming in at number 34. "It now needs to back up these aspirations with high levels of investment - or risk declining further amid increasing global competition, especially from other parts of Asia", Ellie Bothwell, Times Higher Education rankings editor, was quoted as saying in the release.
There are estimated to be more than 26,000 universities in the world. The London-based publication claims to provide the most diverse university rankings, measuring the performance of academic institutions performance in 13 indicators, including teaching, research, knowledge transfer, and global outlook.
Following Oxford, The California Institute of Technology rises three places to second, while the University of Cambridge falls one place to third. "It must also be stated, however, that the traditional Anglo-American powerhouses will not be displaced at the top of our rankings easily".
The University of Aberdeen was 168th equal, St Andrews crept into the the top 200 in 198th, while Dundee retained its place in the top 250.