Charles University drops in rankings

The school blames stagnant investment in education for the poor showing

Charles University fell again in the rankings of higher educational institutions by British firm Quacquarelli Symonds (QS). The school ranked as high as 233rd place in 2014 put has fallen steadily to 314th place in the newly released 2018 rankings.

The Czech Technical University (ČVUT) in Prague was also in the top 500, ranking 491–500, up from 501–550 in the previous ranking but down from 451–460 in 2016.

Other Czech universities to be ranked were Masaryk University at 551–600,

Brno University of Technology at 601–650 and Palacký University in Olomouc at 701–750.

Charles University spokesman Václav Hájek said the drop has been due to a lack of investment. Despite promises from politicians, the budgets of schools have not increased. Rectors last week sent a letter the prime minister asking for more funds, according to Hájek.

The top school in the world according to QS is the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, followed by Stanford, Harvard, and Caltech, all in the US. Europe enters the list next with the UK scoring four in a row: Cambridge, Oxford, University College London and Imperial College London.

The highest ranking school where English was not the main language of the country was ETH Zurich - Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in 10th place, followed by Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU) in 11th.

Quacquarelli Symonds has released an annual ranking of schools of higher education around the world since 2004. Currently, they examine about 4,000 universities around the world and estimate there are 26,000.

The QS World University Rankings are compiled using six metrics. Faculty area normalization was introduced in 2015 to ensure that institutions specializing in life sciences and natural sciences were not unduly advantaged. No other significant changes have occurred to ensure that year-on-year comparisons remain valid.

Universities continue to be evaluated based on academic reputation, employer reputation, faculty/student ratio, citations per faculty, international faculty ratio, and international student ratio. Academic reputation counts 40 percent, and the other factors are weighted between 20 percent and 5 percent.

Charles University had an overall score of 36.30, with a reputation score of 48.5. The school has 50,495 students for graduate and post-graduate studies and 4,618 total faculty staff.

By comparison, MIT had an overall score of 100, and 100 for reputation. It has 11,067 students and 2,972 staff.

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