Anand Mahindra Highlights Countries With World's Top 500 Universities

Cyril Zachariah
Updated on Oct 10, 2022 12:06 PM IST

The renowned Indian billionaire businessman, Anand Mahindra, recently tweeted a list of the top countries where the top 500 universities are located. While the top 10 included countries like the USA, the UK and Germany, Mahindra commented that India, even though on the list, needed to move up.

Anand Mahindra Highlights Countries With World's Top 500 Universities

A leading giant in the Indian corporate world, Mr Anand Mahindra recently tweeted the list of countries hosting the top 500 universities in the world. Included in the list were the United States of America (USA), the United Kingdom (UK) and Germany which were the top countries with the largest number of top universities in the world.

According to the tweet, the top 10 countries with the best universities in the world were as follows:

  • The USA with 87 universities;

  • The UK with 49;

  • Germany with 31;

  • Australia with 26;

  • China with 26;

  • Canada with 17;

  • Japan with 16;

  • Korea with 16;

  • Italy with 14;

  • The Netherlands with 13.

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Meanwhile, India ranked 16th in the list with 8 of its universities being recognised as one of the top 500 universities in the world.

In his tweet, Anand Mahindra commented that “a country’s innovative capacity and growth in productivity is linked to the number and quality of its centres of higher learning.” Concluding his comment, he added that “we” need to move up on this list.

The tweet garnered the attention of thousands, receiving over 2,000 likes and innumerable reactions on ‘Corporate India’. Meanwhile, several users went on to criticise the Indian education system.

Among the comments, one user highlighted the donations “corporate head honchos” made to their overseas alma maters. The user stated if the “corporate head honchos” donated even a small fraction of what they donate to their foreign alma maters, the move will “go a long way here”.

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Meanwhile, another user highlighted the reservation quotas at premier educational institutions such as IIMs and IITs. The user stated that a large of Indian students travel abroad for higher studies as a result of not being offered a seat at good institutions regardless of how good they perform in the entrance tests.

Another criticised the MOUs between higher education institutions and Corporate India. The user tagged the move as valueless, stating while Corporate India gets their name plastered on some infrastructure, the other receives “street cred” for having partnered with a recognised and reputable organisation.

Source: Livemint

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