17 Rank Best Chemical Engineering Schools in the Philippines for 2019

Best Chemical Engineering Schools in the Philippines for 2019

The ranking of the Best Chemical Engineering Schools in the Philippines for 2019 has been released, which currently featured only 17 out of the 36 colleges and universities offering undergraduate programs in chemical engineering. (READ: 17 Ranked Best Chemical Engineering Schools in the Philippines for 2018)

The University of the Philippines-Diliman still led the list of the best schools offering chemical engineering programs in 2019 with 98.50 percent overall score. The University of the Philippines-Los Baños followed with 87.52 percent while De La Salle University-Manila and the University of Santo Tomas ranked third and fourth with 83.34% and 79.98% overall scores, respectively. Saint Louis University landed fifth with 79.82 percent overall score. The University of the Philippines-Diliman, De La Salle University-Manila and the University of Santo Tomas are presently recognized by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) as Centers of Excellence (COEs) in chemical engineering while University of the Philippines-Los Baños and Saint Louis University are presently CHED’s Centers of Development (CODs) in chemical engineering.

Rounding out the remaining five places for the first top 10 performing schools are the University of San Carlos at 6th rank, Mapua University-Manila at 7th, Batangas State University-Alangilan at 8th, Adamson University at 9th, and the Xavier University (Ateneo de Cagayan) at 10th.

The ranking is based on the results of two chemical engineer licensure examinations in 2019 (May and November) plus other factors including level of accreditation and faculty-student ratio to find out which schools offering programs in chemical engineering have the most valuable degree programs to produce a batch of examinees with high chemical engineer licensure examination passing rates.

The ranking uses the same performance indicators as the Local Pulse School Rankings, however, the weightings for the number of examinees were adjusted to reflect programs with fewer examinees. Details on the methodology are discussed here. Other possible factors that are possibly secondary variables in determining the best Philippine schools to study chemical engineering are included in the disclaimer page. Factors such as international linkages, community involvement, employer reputation, research outputs, and research citations per faculty are not part of this study. These variables are assumed to be assessed by accredited agencies such as PACUCOA, PAASCU, AACCUP, and CHEd.

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To rank the schools, we took the weighted passing rates of the two chemical engineer licensure examinations in 2019, the number of examinees, and top-performing examinees as the overall board exam performance, and faculty-student ratio and accreditation status of the chemical engineering program as other criteria. Note that the passing rates we used in 2019 were adjusted to 60% and above (unlike the PRC’s 80%), and a minimum of 20 examinees (unlike the PRC’s 50 minimum examinees).

Read on to see which schools made the list.

17 Best Philippine Schools with Chemical Engineering Programs for 2019
OVERALL SCORE (%)PASSEDFAILEDTOTALWeighted % PASSED (40%)No. of Examinees (20%)With Top Examinees (10%)Accreditation LevelAccr. Level Score (20%)Faculty-Student Ratio (FSR)No. of Students per FacultyFSR Score (10%)
1UNIVERSITY OF THE PHILIPPINES-DILIMAN98.501250125100.00%100100COE1001:151585
2UNIVERSITY OF THE PHILIPPINES-LOS BANOS87.521073113877.54%100100COD901:151585
3DE LA SALLE UNIVERSITY-MANILA83.343533892.10%40100COE1001:141485
4UNIVERSITY OF SANTO TOMAS79.98852310878.70%8040COE1001:151585
5SAINT LOUIS UNIVERSITY79.821406520568.29%10070COD901:272775
6UNIVERSITY OF SAN CARLOS76.342743187.09%3070COE1001:161685
7MAPUA UNIVERSITY-MANILA74.7258349263.04%7080COE1001:232375
8BATANGAS STATE UNIVERSITY-ALANGILAN73.2765127784.41%6090Level II601:373765
9ADAMSON UNIVERSITY73.1743176071.66%5090COD901:232375
10XAVIER UNIVERSITY (ATENEO DE CAGAYAN)68.1730154566.67%4070COD901:161685
11UNIVERSITY OF THE PHILIPPINES VISAYAS-ILOILO CITY67.5030104075.00%4090Independent601:151585
12CENTRAL PHILIPPINE UNIVERSITY65.591662272.73%3040COD901:151585
14UNIVERSITY OF MINDANAO-DAVAO CITY64.1734175166.67%5080Level III701:484855
15MALAYAN COLLEGES LAGUNA61.1032185064.00%5040PTC-ACBET701:272775
16BICOL UNIVERSITY-LEGAZPI59.4637205764.91%5040Level II601:242475
17ATENEO DE DAVAO UNIVERSITY58.7521113265.62%3040Level III701:131385


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