UP remains Philippines' top university despite slip in world rankings

·Contributor
·2 min read
Students stage a protest rally as they mark the 50th anniversary of the Diliman Commune on February 1, 2021 at the University of the Philippines (UP), in Manila, Philippines. (Photo by Jes Aznar/Getty Images)
Students stage a protest rally as they mark the 50th anniversary of the Diliman Commune on February 1, 2021 at the University of the Philippines (UP), in Manila, Philippines. (Photo by Jes Aznar/Getty Images)

The country’s premier and only national university, the University of the Philippines (UP), is still the top university in the country, according to an annual publication of university rankings.

UP fell to the 412th spot this year in the 2023 World University Rankings released by the United Kingdom-based international higher education information provider Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) on Thursday (June 9). It ranked 399th in 2022 and 321st in 2021.

Ateneo de Manila University is in the 651-700 range, lower than last year’s 601-650. De La Salle University and University of Santo Tomas remained in the 801-1000 cluster.

The US-based Massachusetts Institute of Technology bagged the top spot in this year’s world rankings with a perfect score of 100, followed by the University of Cambridge in the UK, Stanford University, University of Oxford, and Harvard University as the top 5 universities in the world.

Meanwhile, in Asia, National University of Singapore, ranked 11th globally, remains to be the top university in the region, followed by Peking University and Tsinghua University, both based in Beijing, China.

The QS World University Rankings assesses educational institutions in six categories: academic reputation, employer reputation, faculty to student ratio, citations per faculty, international student ratio and international faculty ratio.

“This year’s QS World University Rankings include almost 1,500 institutions from around the world,” its website said. “It’s not just iconic institutions that take the top spots: this year’s highest rankings include universities from diverse locations across Europe, Asia and North America.”

After having been closed for more than two years due to the pandemic, these universities will once again open their doors for either limited or hybrid face-to-face classes this year, after a series of consultations with different stakeholders within each university.

The Philippines is the last among the countries in the world to physically open its schools.

Marvin Joseph Ang is a news and creative writer who follows developments in politics, democracy, and popular culture. He advocates for a free press and national democracy. The views expressed are his own.

Watch more videos on Yahoo:

Our goal is to create a safe and engaging place for users to connect over interests and passions. In order to improve our community experience, we are temporarily suspending article commenting