Asia’s top universities


asiaQuacquarelli Symonds (QS) is a British company specializing in education and study abroad. They are regarded as the world’s leading network for universities and business schools to target.

Annually they come out with QS World University Rankings, which they say would enable motivated people anywhere in the world to fulfill their potential through higher education, international mobility and career development.

This year QS published the top ranking 300 universities in Asia and the following were highlighted:

          Hong Kong University of Science and Technology once more topped the QS ranking. Once again it was followed by National University of Singapore, University of Hong Kong and Seoul National University.

          Last year’s sixth-ranked Peking University rounded up the top five this year.

As far as the Philippine universities are concern, only five (5) made it to this year’s list of top 300.

This was led by University of the Philippines (UP) whose  rank improved one notch higher to 67th.

This year Ateneo de Manila University was ranked 109th, down from its 86th ranking last year.

The University of Santo Tomas (UST) was ranked 150th, compared to 148th last year.

De La Salle University was ranked in the 151-160th range, down from its 142nd rank last year.

The University of Southeastern Philippines remained in the 251-300 range, where it was last year.

UP, Ateneo, La Salle and UST have consistently made it to the QS list of top Asian universities since the rankings began in 2009.

Nine Philippine universities that were on last year’s list but did not make the cut this year were Silliman University, Xavier University, Saint Louis University, University of San Carlos, Ateneo de Davao University, Adamson University, Central Mindanao University, Mapua Institute of Technology and the Polytechnic University of the Philippines.

QS rank universities worldwide according to nine indicators, mainly based on reputation and research citations.

The indicators are academic reputation, employer reputation, faculty and student population, citations per paper, international faculty, international students, papers per faculty, inbound exchange and outbound exchange.

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