UP, Ateneo, DLSU among world's top universities in subject rankings
MANILA, Philippines – Top universities in the Philippines made it into the latest Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) University Rankings by Subject released on Tuesday, March 22.
The University of the Philippines (UP) secured spots in 4 subjects, the most among the Philippine universities that were featured in the survey.
Two of the other top universities in the country, the Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU) and De La Salle University (DLSU), placed 151-200 for English Language and Literature. DLSU was in the 201-300 ranking for Education.
Universities in the United States and United Kingdom dominated the subject rankings.
English universities Oxford and Cambridge jostled for the top spot in the English Language and Literature category, with Oxford beating Cambridge by 0.2 points. Harvard University, meanwhile, was at 3rd. The rankings were the same for the Modern Languages.
It was in Medicine that Harvard soared to the top scoring 99.4 points. Oxford won over Cambridge by the slimmest of margins (0.3) again.
However, for Agriculture and Forestry, Wagenigen University in the Netherlands topped the rankings with University of California, Davis at second, and Cornell third.
Philippine universities rarely figure in the top overall. In 2015, UP was in the 401-410 band, ADMU at 501-550, and DLSU and the University of Santo Tomas (UST) at 701+.
What is perhaps more troubling is that the recent rankings show a downward trend. UP was 367 in 2014, ADMU 461-470, DLSU 651-700, and UST was still at 701+.
QS based its computations for global rankings on the following:
- Academic reputation (40%)
- Employer reputation (10%)
- Student-to-faculty ratio (20%)
- Citations per faculty (20%)
- International faculty ratio (5%)
- International student ratio (5%)
QS is a British company which provides research on the world's top universities to "ensure candidates have access to the best tools and the best independent expert information before making a decision." – Bea Orante/Rappler.com