Philippine universities fare poorly at latest QS World University Rankings

UP’s Oblation would be disappointed with the results. Photo via ABS-CBN.

Filipino universities have almost always fared poorly in international rankings, and this year is no exception.

The latest Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings released earlier this week showed that the University of the Philippines (UP) remains the top university in the country, but it slid from 367th place to 384th in the world.

UP has not released any statements commenting on its ranking.

Other universities didn’t fare any better. Ateneo de Manila University was ranked from 651 to 700, while De La Salle University and the University of Santo Tomas landed within the 810 to 1,000 places.

Globally, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology ranked the highest, with an overall score of 100. It beat the likes of Stanford University (second place), Harvard (third place), and Oxford (fifth place).

The highest ranking Asian university was the National University of Singapore at 11th place. It was followed by another Singapore-based school, Nanyang Technological University, which ranked 12th. Other highly ranked Asian universities included Tsinghua University in China (17th), University of Tokyo (23rd), and the University of Hong Kong (25th).

These rankings are based on the following criteria: academic reputation (40 percent), employer reputation (10 percent), faculty/student ratio (20 percent), citations per faculty (20 percent), and international faculty ratio/international student ratio (5 percent each).

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