7 PH universities among top schools in 2020 QS Asia University Rankings

2020 QS Asia University Rankings_Philippines

Seven of the country’s colleges and universities made it into the Top 550 of the 2020 QS Asia University Rankings. The QS World University Rankings have been published since 2009. Key factors in the global rankings are academic reputation, employer reputation and faculty to student ratio.

The University of the Philippines has again taken the top spot across the Philippines. The state university is currently No. 356 in the world, from No. 384 in 2019, and placed 72nd in the Asian university rankings.

Ateneo de Manila University and De La Salle University followed at 124th and 156th, respectively. University of Santo Tomas placed 179th. University of San Carlos (USC) reached the 351st-400th mark, while Silliman University (SU) was on the 451st to 500th spot. USC and SU are two universities outside of Metro Manila. 

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Published annually, the QS Asian University Rankings were compiled based in the following indicators: academic reputation (30%), employer reputation (20%), faculty-student ratio (10%), international research network (10%), citations per paper (10%), papers per faculty (5%), staff with Doctorate degrees (5%), international faculty (2.5%), international students (2.5%), inbound exchange (2.5%) and outbound exchange (2.5%).

The top five (5) in the list were Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Stanford University, Harvard University, University of Oxford, and California Institute of Technology.

In Asia, National University of Singapore has again taken the top spot across the Asian region. Following closely behind is another Singaporean institution, Nanyang Technological University (NTU), which rose from its third-place position last year.  

This year sees the University of Hong Kong (HKU) take third place, dropping from its previous position in second place.  

Chinese institutions also featured prominently in the rankings with Tsinghua University coming in fourth (dropping from third last year) and Peking University retaining its fifth-place position.