THE University of the Philippines (UP) regained its foothold as the top institution of learning in the country after it climbed by 13 rungs in the world ranking of top universities in the world.
UP was also ranked higher than other Philippine universities in the Asian ranking.
In the 2014/2015 ranking of top 800 universities in the world by Quacquarelli Symonds (QS), UP was ranked 367, Ateneo de Manila University (AdMU), 461 to 470, and De La Salle University (DLSU), 651 to 700. The University of Santo Tomas did not move from its 2013 ranking at 701+ bracket.
Last year, UP was in the 380th spot, AdMU, 501-550, and DLSU, 601-650.
In the Asian ranking, UP was 63rd top school, sharing the spot with Wuhan University of China. The AdMU was ranked 115th, Ajou University of South Korea, 114th, and Aga Khan University of Pakistan, 116th. Meanwhile, UST was ranked 141st and DLSU, 151 to 160.
Quacquarelli Symonds said universities were rated based on six performance indicators–academic reputation (40 percent), employer reputation (10 percent), student-to-faculty ratio (20 percent), citations per faculty (20 percent), international faculty ratio (5 percent) and international student ratio (5 percent).
The top 10 universities of the world, based on QS rankings, were Massachusetts Institute of Technology, University of Cambridge, Imperial College in London, Harvard University, University College London, University of Oxford, Stanford University, California Institute of Technology, Princeton University and Yale University.
Meanwhile, the top 10 universities in Asia were National University of Singapore (100 points), KAIST-Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (99.5 points), University of Hong Kong (99.3), Seoul National University (98.7), The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (98.4), The Chinese University of Hong Kong (97.4), Nanyang Technological University (NTU) (97.3, Singapore), Peking University (96.3, China), Pohang University of Science And Technology (96.1, South Korea) and University of Tokyo (95.9).
The 10th edition of the showed that universities with a focus on the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) enjoyed growing success.