5 PH schools listed in Asia’s top 300 universities

Five schools in the Philippines made it to the annual list of top universities in Asia ranked by international higher education information provider Quacquarelli Symonds (QS).

In publishing its “2014 QS University Rankings: Asia” which rates Asia’s top 300 universities, QS said the Philippines gained ground in the rankings which featured the University of the Philippines (UP); Ateneo de Manila University (AdMU), University of Santo Tomas (UST), De La Salle University (DLSU) and Ateneo de Davao University (AdDU).

UP “remains the nation’s top institution” rising four places from Rank 67th in 2013 to Rank 63rd this year, the QS said. UST also rose from 150th last year to 141st this year.

AdDU also made it as a new entry in the 251-300 ranking this year. DLSU maintained its spot in the 151-160 grouping while AdMU, dropped six places from 109 last year to 115th this year.

QS Head of Research Ben Sowter said that this year’s ranking “is a much more encouraging set of results for Filipino institutions, following on from two years in which many of them have seen their ranking drop.”

“The improvement in the scores can be attributed to our continuing efforts to increase funds and incentives for research, upgrading our facilities and laboratories, proving support for PhD and Master’s scholarships, recruiting faculty through the Balik-PhD Program and Visiting Professors Program, giving greater incentive for honor graduates to teach in UP, and pursuing internationalization,” said UP President Alfredo Pascual.

QS said that the 2014 “rankings reflect a swing in the balance of power in the region as a whole” with Singapore and Korea overtaking the traditionally dominant Japan and Hong Kong.

For the first time, National University of Singapore (NUS) topped the ranking while Nanyang Technological University (NTU), also in Singapore, moved up three places to 7th. South Korea’s KAIST leapt from 6th to 2nd in ranking while Seoul National University (4th) and POSTECH (9th) also made it to the Top 10 list. Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, last year’s number one institution, dropped to 5th this year. Japan’s University of Tokyo also falls to 10th this year – its lowest position ever.