Two private universities based in Istanbul, Koç and Sabancı, appeared in the list announced by the Times Higher Education magazine, a widely read British magazine that publishes higher education news, on Jan. 25 for the 2016-17 academic year, the state-run Anadolu Agency reported on Jan. 25.
Koç University took in eighth spot while Sabancı University took tenth place on the ranking for small universities, defined by the magazine as those that have fewer than 5,000 students but teach and research across more than four disciplines.
California's Institute of Technology, popularly known as Caltech, topped the list of 20, which included five universities from the United States and eight from Europe. The magazine noted that Koç University was one of only four universities on the list that taught the six broad subject areas of arts and humanities, medicine and clinical studies, engineering and technology, physical sciences, life sciences, and social sciences.
“Turkish institutions are well represented in the World's Best Small Universities Ranking 2016. Alongside Caltech, they demonstrate the world-class offering available at smaller institutions, no matter their location,” said Phil Baty, rankings editor at Times Higher Education.