• 5 PH schools join Asia’s top 300

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    FIVE Philippines colleges have made it to Asia’s top 300 universities, London-based education and career network Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) reported on Tuesday.

    The top 300 universities were ranked by QS based on academic and employer reputation, faculty and student population, and international students and faculty, among others.

    The University of the Philippines (UP) remains the country’s premier university as it moved up four places in the ranking from 67th in 2013 to 63rd this year. It was followed by the Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU), which dropped to 115th in 2014 from 109th last year.

    In third place is the University of Santo Tomas (UST), which rose to 141st place in this year’s listing from 148th last year.

    The De La Salle University (DLSU), meanwhile, remained in the 151-160 bracket, while the Ateneo de Davao University entered the 251-300 bracket. The University of Southern Philippines, which was part of the 251-300 bracket last year, did not make it to the 2014 list.

    “This is a much more encouraging set of results for Filipino institutions, following on from two years in which many of them have seen their ranking drop,” Ben Sowter, QS head of research, said.

    “The proposed ‘Asean Economic Community’ may help more Philippine institutions gain greater recognition in the coming years through greater interregional collaboration and exchange programs,” Sowter added.

    Asean, or the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, groups Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.

    According to QS, Philippine tertiary schools scored relatively weak on internationalization indicators, which measure the proportion of international students and staff, and participation in exchange programs.

    UP President Alfredo Pascual said “the improvement in the scores can be attributed to our continuing efforts to increase funds and incentives for research, upgrading our facilities and laboratories, proving support for PhD and Master’s scholarships, recruiting faculty through the Balik-PhD Program and Visiting Professors Program, giving greater incentive for honor graduates to teach in UP, and pursuing internationalization.”

    The National University of Singapore (NUS) remains the top university in Asia, according to QS.

    The NUS is followed by the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology. Coming in third place is the University of Hong Kong, followed by the Seoul National University and the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.

    The rest of the Top 10 are the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University, China’s Peking University, South Korea’s Pohang University of Science and Technology and Japan’s University of Tokyo.

    “These rankings confirm the emergence of Singapore and South Korea as the new major players within the region, denting the dominance of Hong Kong and Japan,” Sowter said.

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