Thursday, October 16, 2008

THES - QS World University Rankings 2008

The year 2008 really is Ateneo's year. In the latest Times Higher Education Supplement - Quacquarelli Symonds (THES-QS) rankings, Ateneo rebounded to 254 from 400+ last year, making it the highest ranking Philippine university. UP also went up to 276 from 398 last year. DLSU and UST are among the universities in the 401-500 spots. Full rankings here.

We're still a long way away from our Asian neighbors. Japan, for example, has four unis in the top 100, and Tokyo (19) is the highest ranked Asian university. Hong Kong has three in the top 100; Korea has two. Singapore has two, NUS (30) and Nanyang (77). Even Denmark has two: Copenhagen (48) and Aarhus (81). In the 101-200 table, Taiwan (National) is at 124. Unfair to compare with tiger economies, you say? Look at our Southeast Asian neighbors Thailand (Chulalungkorn-166 and Mahidol-251) and Malaysia (UM-230 and UKM-250). Still ahead.

I'm not saying we should be obsessed with rankings. No methodology is perfect. But the numbers exist for a reason. We have to get better. Jon has some suggestions for improvement. I so agree.

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