UP, AdMU, UST lose ground in world rankings
MANILA, Philippines – Three of 4 Philippine universities ranked lower in the 10th QS World University Rankings released Tuesday, September 10, with only De La Salle University (DLSU) holding on to its 2012 spot.
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) bested more than 800 other universities worldwide in the annual ranking.
In the Philippines, the University of the Philippines fell from 348 to 380, the Ateneo de Manila University from 451-500 to 501-550, and the University of Santo Tomas from 601+ to 701+.
DLSU remains in the 601+.
|380=||348||University of the Philippines|
|501-550||451-500||Ateneo de Manila University|
|601-650||601+||De La Salle University|
|701+||601+||University of Santo Tomas|
|1||1||MASSACHUSETTS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY||US|
|3||2||UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE||GB|
|4||4||UNIVERSITY COLLEGE LONDON||GB|
|5||6||IMPERIAL COLLEGE LONDON||GB|
|6||5||UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD||GB|
|9||8||UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO||US|
|10+||10||CALIFORNIA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY||US|
Ben Sowter, QS head of research, said that to improve their global competitiveness, Philippine institutions must increase both their influence in research and ability to attract international faculty.
"As one of the emerging Asian Tigers, the Philippines should invest in knowledge creation to fuel and sustain its rapid growth."
The research surveyed 62,094 academics and 27,957 employers.
The rankings are based on 4 key pillars: research, teaching, employability, and internationalization, with methodoloy consisting of 6 indicators:
- academic reputation (40%)
- employer reputation (10%)
- faculty-student ratio (20%)
- citations per faculty (20%)
- international students (5%)
- international faculty (5%)
Sowter said the reputation of leading universities in the country has grown compared to last years but the rest of the indicators "have dropped considerably."
Commission on Higher Education Chairperson Dr Patricia Licuanan said earlier the road ahead is not yet clear in the development of world-class Philippine universities.
"We have mixed feelings about global rankings, we are trying to understand its benefits to the Philippines and Philippine HEIs (higher education institutions) a little bit more fully, but we know that rankings are here, that somehow there is some expectation," she added.
Despite this, she said support must be given not only to the University of the Philippines, but also to public and private HEIs, for them to be ranked globally.
MIT was on top of the QS World University Rankings for the second year running, while Harvard displaced Britain's Cambridge University to take second spot in the 2013 table.
US institutions made up 6 of the top 10, with the remaining 4 places being filled by British universities.
The QS rankings included a record number of UK institutions in the top 20, with Edinburgh and King's College London making their first appearances.
According to the study, graduates from Oxford and Cambridge were the most employable in the world. - With reports from Agence France-Presse/Rappler.com