Universitas 21 Ranking
This ranking, first run in 2012, ranks individual countries in relation to their higher education systems.
“Research authors at the Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research, University of Melbourne, looked at the most recent data from 48 countries and territories across 20 different measures. The measures are grouped under four headings: resources (investment by government and private sector), output (research and its impact, as well as the production of an educated workforce which meets labour market needs), connectivity (international networks and collaboration which protects a system against insularity) and environment (government policy and regulation, diversity and participation opportunities). It also takes population size into account and produces some interesting results.” More here.
In 2012, Ireland was ranked 16th overall. The underlying measures were 12th for Resources, 22nd for Environment, 11th for Connectivity, and 17th for Output.
In 2013, Ireland fell slightly, to 18th overall. There were some methodological changes from the previous year. The underlying measures were 12th for Resources, 24th for Environment, 22nd for Connectivity, and 19th for Output.
In 2014 Ireland was ranked 17th overall, which combines rankings of 13 for Resources, 20 for Environment, 18 for Connectivity and 16 for Output. Ireland is ranked 14th for government expenditure on higher education as a share of GDP and 13th for total expenditure per student.
In 2015 Ireland was ranked 18th overall, which combines ranks of 17 for Resources, 16 for Environment, 17 for Connectivity and 17 for Output. Ireland is ranked 19th for government expenditure on higher education as a share of GDP and 16th for total expenditure (public plus private) per student. In Connectivity, Irish institutions perform relatively best in joint publications with international collaborators (ranked ninth) and with business perceptions of knowledge transfer (ranked 13th). In Output, Ireland is ranked 15th on publications by tertiary institutions per head of population and 16th on the average impact of publications. It ranks 11th for the educational levels of its workforce and third for employment of those with a tertiary qualification compared with school leavers. When account is taken of relative levels of GDP per capita Ireland’s ranking is 30th, which is marginally below the level expected at its income level.
In 2016 Ireland was ranked 19th.
For more data see here.