UP dips in Asian university rankings

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FILE PHOTO: Facade of the University of the Philippines in Diliman, Quezon City. Photo by Evangeline Valderrama

The University of the Philippines (UP), the country’s top state university, fell further in this year’s Asian university rankings published by a UK-based higher education magazine, finishing in 129th place by compared to its previous ranking of 84th.

Along with De La Salle University which remained in the 401-500 bracket, they were the only two universities in the Philippines to have reached the Asian Times Higher Education (THE) Rankings 2022, which evaluated 616 higher education institutions from 31 territories. Asians.

Ateneo de Manila University was listed as a “rapporteur,” indicating that it actively participated in the ranking process despite not meeting the eligibility criteria.

In 2020, UP rose 30 points to 65th place, up from its previous rank of 95th in 2019, the first time it entered the top 100.

THE said its Asian University Rankings used the performance indicators calibrated as World University Rankings, “but they are recalibrated to reflect the attributes of Asian institutions.”

Among the factors considered in the evaluation of higher education institutions were the schools’ learning environment, research, citations, international outlook, and industry revenue.

UP’s overall score this year fell to 40.7 based on the performance indicator, from 43.9 in 2021.

Tsinghua University of China retained the top spot in the rankings, followed by Peking University and National University of Singapore.

Hong Kong University ranked fourth, followed by Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, University of Tokyo, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Seoul National University, University of Hong Kong Science and Technology and Fudan University.

In an interview with ABS-CBN last May, Higher Education Commission Chairman Prospero de Vera said international rankings help improve the reputation of universities and identify their “weaknesses”.

These assessments, he added, also pave the way for internationalization and make it easier for higher education institutions to collaborate with schools and universities in other countries.

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