As part of an expansion to the QS World University Rankings, the QS Asian University Rankings was first published in 2009. It ranks Asia’s top universities based on academic reputation, employer reputation, faculty-student ratio, papers per faculty, and citations per paper, among others. This year marks its third year and the rankings are now out.
This year’s top 5 Asian universities are:
- The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (Hong Kong)
- University of Hong Kong (Hong Kong)
- National University of Singapore (Singapore)
- The University of Tokyo (Japan)
- The Chinese University of Hong Kong.
Four universities from the Philippines are included in the top 200, see Table 1 below. The University of the Philippines jumps to 62nd from 78th last year. On the other hand, Ateneo de Manila University moves to 65th from 58th. The University of Santo Tomas is currently ranked 104th, while De La Salle University is ranked 107th.
Aside from the overall rankings, universities are also ranked in 5 subject areas: Arts and Humanities, Engineering and Technology, Social Sciences and Management, Natural Sciences, and Life Sciences and Medicine.
The following tables summarize the ranking of several Philippine universities included in the top 200 of each subject category. The University of the Philippines always ranks higher relative to other Philippine universities in all categories except in the natural sciences where Ateneo de Manila University is one rank higher (Table 5). The only category where 8 Philippine universities are in the top 200 is life sciences and medicine (Table 6).
As a final note, the University of Cambridge (United Kingdom) retains the number one spot ahead of Harvard University (United States) in the global ranking. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (United States) jumps to third ahead of Yale University (4th, United States) and the University of Oxford (5th, United Kingdom). No university from the Philippines made it to the top 300 of the QS World University Rankings.
|TABLE 1: QS Asian University Rankings (2010 & 2011)|
|University||Rank (2011)||Rank (2010)|
|University of the Philippines||62||78|
|Ateneo de Manila University||65||58|
|University of Santo Tomas||104||101|
|De La Salle University||107||106|
|TABLE 2: Ranking for the Arts and Humanities|
|University of the Philippines||20|
|Ateneo de Manila University||29|
|De La Salle University||59|
|University of Santo Tomas||103|
|TABLE 3: Ranking for Engineering and Technology|
|University of the Philippines||63|
|Ateneo de Manila University||89|
|De La Salle University||113|
|Mapua Institute of Technology||157|
|University of Santo Tomas||170|
|TABLE 4: Ranking for Social Sciences and Management|
|University of the Philippines||27|
|Ateneo de Manila University||46|
|De La Salle University||79|
|University of Santo Tomas||136|
|TABLE 5: Ranking for the Natural Sciences|
|Ateneo de Manila University||38|
|University of the Philippines||39|
|De La Salle University||98|
|University of Santo Tomas||104|
|University of San Carlos||151|
|TABLE 6: Ranking for Life Sciences and Medicine|
|University of the Philippines||37|
|University of Santo Tomas||61|
|Ateneo de Manila University||64|
|De La Salle University||74|
|Saint Louis University||177|
|University of San Carlos||195|
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