7 rank Best Chemistry Schools in the Philippines for 2019

Best Chemistry Schools in the Philippines for 2019

The ranking of the Best Chemistry Schools in the Philippines for 2019 has been released, which currently featured only 7 out of the 50 colleges and universities offering chemistry undergraduate programs.

The University of the Philippines-Diliman took the lead for chemistry with a 94.88% overall score after considering their performance in the 2019 chemist licensure examination, accreditation status, and faculty-student ratio. The institution is one of the 5 colleges and universities accredited by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) as Centers of Excellence (COE) in chemistry.

University of the Philippines-Los Baños made the 2nd rank on the list for 2019 with an 85.91% overall score, ahead of the University of Santo Tomas at 3rd rank with an 83.05% overall score, Ateneo de Manila University in Quezon City at 4th rank with an 80.50% overall score, and De La Salle University at 5th rank with a 76.50% overall score. The University of Santo Tomas, Ateneo de Manila University, and De La Salle University are also accredited by CHED as Centers of Excellence (COE) in chemistry.

Rounding out the remaining two places on the list are the University of the Philippines-Manila at 6th rank with a 75.40% overall score, and Central Luzon State University at 7th with a 63.17% overall score.

The list is based on the results of the chemist licensure examination in October 2019 plus other factors including accreditation status of the program and faculty-student ratio to find out which schools offering chemistry programs have the most valuable degree programs to produce a batch of examinees with a high chemist licensure examination passing rate.

The ranking uses the same performance indicators as the Local Pulse School Rankings, however, the weightings for a 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 chemistry 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 accrediting agencies such as PACUCOA, PAASCU, AACCUP, and CHED.

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To rank the schools, we took the passing rates of the October 2019 Chemist Licensure Examination, the number of examinees, and top performing examinees as the overall board exam performance, and faculty-student ratio and accreditation status of chemistry as other criteria. Note that the passing rates we used for the chemsit licensure examination 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.

7 Best Chemistry Schools in the Philippines for 2019
RANKSCHOOLOVERALL SCOREPASSEDFAILEDTOTALWeighted Ave. (PASSED) (40%)No. of Examinees (20%)With Top Examinees (10%)Accreditation LevelAccreditation Level Score (20%)Faculty-Student Ratio (FSR)No. of Students per FacultyFSR Score (10%)
1UNIVERSITY OF THE PHILIPPINES-DILIMAN94.885746193.44%10090COE1001:151585
2UNIVERSITY OF THE PHILIPPINES-LOS BANOS85.915476188.52%100100Independent601:151585
3UNIVERSITY OF SANTO TOMAS83.052653183.87%7080COE1001:212175
4ATENEO DE MANILA UNIVERSITY-Q.C.80.501912095.00%5040COE1001:111185
5DE LA SALLE UNIVERSITY-MANILA76.502193070.00%7060COE1001:191985
6UNIVERSITY OF THE PHILIPPINES-MANILA75.401811994.74%4090Independent601:151585
7CENTRAL LUZON STATE UNIVERSITY63.171261866.67%4040Level IV801:191985


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