UP Climbs Back On List Of Top 400 Universities In The World1 min read
After slipping from the rankingsÂ last year, the University of the Philippines has climbedÂ back on theÂ top 400Â listÂ by London-based education and career information firm, Quacquarelli Symonds (QS), released this week.
While it may still be a long way before any universityâ€”including the countryâ€™s premier state universityâ€”can make it to the top 100, making it to the 374th among more than 700 universities is already a big feat.
UP, which suffered from a sharp decline in ratings last year, has been a consistent placer at the top 400 ratings at 367th in 2014, 380th in 2013, and 348th in 2012. Aside from the University of the Philippines, other schools who found themselves on the University Rankings are Ateneo de Manila University (501-550), De La Salle University (701+),Â and University of Santo Tomas (701+).
According to the metrics used by QS, UP improved in three aspects that measure an academic institutionâ€™s performance: academic reputation, faculty-student ratio, and international faculty ratio. The said metrics have an impact to the total score of 40-percent, 20-percent, and 5-percent ratio, respectively.
â€œThe QS World University Rankings are designed to help prospective students make informed comparisons of leading universities around the world. Based on six performance indicators, the ranking assesses university performance across four areas: research, teaching, employability and internationalization,â€ QS says on itsÂ website.
UP garnered anÂ overall score ofÂ 31.5, while topnotcherÂ Massachusetts Institute of Technology’sÂ (MIT)Â got a perfect score of 100. Not far from MIT are schools like Stanford University (98.7), Harvard University (98.3), University of Cambridge (97.2), and California Institute of Technology (96.9).
Aside from making it to QSâ€™s list of worldâ€™s top universities, UP also placed 70th in the top universities in Asia with the same metrics, trailing behind Japanâ€™s Kobe University and Kazakhstanâ€™s L.N. Gumilyov Eurasian National University.
The Times Higher Education (THE) Asia University RankingsÂ say theyÂ also â€œuse the same 13 performance indicators as the THEÂ World University Rankings, only recalibrated to reflect the attributes of Asiaâ€™s institutions.â€
While the two rankings share the same top two resultsâ€”namely National University of Singapore and Nanyang Technological Universityâ€”other entries on the top results vary.