UP falls 45 places in Asia University Rankings

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University of the Philippines (UP) in Diliman, Quezon City, Philippines. (Source: University of the Philippines/Facebook)
University of the Philippines (UP) in Diliman, Quezon City, Philippines. (Source: University of the Philippines/Facebook)

The University of the Philippines (UP) has dropped further in the latest Asian university rankings published Thursday (June 2) by a United Kingdom-based higher education magazine.

The premier state university fell to the 129th place from its previous ranking of 84th in the Times Higher Education (THE) Asia University Rankings 2022.

Meanwhile, De La Salle University retained its spot in the 401 to 500 bracket.

UP and DLSU were the only two Philippine universities that made it to the THE rankings, which assessed 616 higher education institutions from 31 Asian territories.

Ateneo de Manila University, on the other hand, was tagged as “reporter,” which means it was an active participant in the rankings process but did not make it to the list.

In 2020, UP rose by 30 places to the 65th spot, up from its previous rank of 95th in 2019.

The Asia University Rankings reportedly used the same 13 calibrated performance indicators as the world university rankings, “but they are recalibrated to reflect the attributes of Asia’s institutions.”

The indicators are grouped into five areas namely: teaching, research citations, international outlook and industry income.

UP’s overall score this year dropped to 40.7 based on the performance indicator, compared to 43.9 in 2021.

China’s Tsinghua University remained to top spot in the ranking, followed by Peking University and National University of Singapore.

Here are the rest of the top 10 universities:

  1. Tsinghua University (China)

  2. Peking University (China)

  3. National University of Singapore (Singapore)

  4. University of Hong Kong (Hong Kong)

  5. Nanyang Technological University, (Singapore)

  6. The University of Tokyo (Japan)

  7. Chinese University of Hong Kong (Hong Kong)

  8. Seoul National University (South Korea)

  9. The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (Hong Kong)

  10. Fudan University (China)

Prospero de Vera, Chairman of the Commission on Higher Education, has earlier said that the international rankings help enhance the reputation of universities and identify weaknesses of the institutions.

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