No PH school in top 50 Asian universities
MANILA – Philippine universities again failed to crack the Top 50 of the 300 best universities in Asia, according to the latest World University Rankings list, which was released Tuesday by education and career network Quacquarelli Symonds.
The University of the Philippines (UP) held on to its position as the country’s top university at No. 67 with a score of 58.70, but this is well behind the rankings of the top universities in the Southeast Asian countries Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia.
However, UP managed to increase its score from last year’s 54.96. It also improved its ranking by one notch.
The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology was named Asia’s top university in this year’s list with a score of 100.00, followed closely by the National University of Singapore with a score of 99.60.
In Thailand, Mahidol University had the best ranking at No. 42 with a score of 70.60, while in Malaysia, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia came in at No. 57 with a score of 63.90.
The University of Indonesia also outranked UP at No. 64 with a score of 59.30.
Universities from China, Japan, India, South Korea and Taiwan dominated the list.
Ateneo de Manila University received the second-best rank among schools in the Philippines, coming in at No. 109 this year with a score of 46.90 – a significant drop from last year when it was ranked 86th in Asia with a score of 48.86.
University of Santo Tomas was at No. 150 in this year’s list, slightly lower than its rank of 148 last year but with a higher score of with a score of 39.90 compared to 36.56 in 2012.
De La Salle University also saw its ranking plunge this year as it was included in the 151-160 group from No. 142 last year.
The University of Southeastern Philippines in Davao also made the cut in the 251-300 group this year, same as in last year’s list.
Published annually since 2009, the QS University Rankings: Asia provides “an essential overview of higher education in one of the world's most dynamic and rapidly developing regions,” according to its website.
The ranking is based on nine performance indicators: academic reputation, employer reputation, faculty student, citations per paper, international faculty, international students, papers per faculty, inbound exchange and outbound exchange.
In terms of world rankings, two US Ivy League schools topped this year’s list with Massachusetts Institute of Technology at No. 1, followed by Harvard University. University of Cambridge was third; University College London, fourth; and Imperial College London in fifth.
Rounding out the Top 10 were: University of Oxford, Stanford University, Yale University, University of Chicago and California Institute of Technology tied with Princeton University.