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Only 5 in PH make list of Asia’s top universities

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UP BY A NOTCH University of the Philippines now ranks 67th. RAFFY LERMA

Only five of the country’s universities, led by the University of the Philippines (UP), made it to this year’s list of top 300 Asian universities ranked by Quacquarelli Symonds (QS).

This was the lowest number of Philippine universities to make the cut since QS began ranking universities in Asia in 2009.

Last year, 14 of the country’s own made it to the list of Asia’s top universities, according to QS.

There were 15 Philippine universities on the 2011 list, 18 in 2010 and 16 in 2009.

UP’s ranking went up by a notch—to 67th—in the 2013 QS University Rankings for Asia released on Tuesday.

It was ranked 68th last year, 62nd in 2011, 78th in 2010 and 63rd in 2009.

This year Ateneo de Manila University was ranked 109th, down from its 86th ranking last year.

The University of Santo Tomas (UST) was ranked 150th, compared to 148th last year.

De La Salle University was ranked in the 151-160th range, down from its 142nd rank last year.

The University of Southeastern Philippines remained in the 251-300 range, where it was last year.

UP, Ateneo, La Salle and UST have consistently made it to the QS list of top Asian universities since the rankings began in 2009.

Missed the cut

The nine Philippine universities that were on last year’s list but did not make the cut this year were Silliman University, Xavier University, Saint Louis University, University of San Carlos, Ateneo de Davao University, Adamson University, Central Mindanao University, Mapua Institute of Technology and the Polytechnic University of the Philippines.

They were in the 301-plus rank last year.

These universities were among the Philippine universities that were consistently included in the QS ranking since 2009.

9 indicators

QS ranks universities worldwide according to nine indicators, mainly based on reputation and research citations.

The indicators are academic reputation, employer reputation, faculty and student population, citations per paper, international faculty, international students, papers per faculty, inbound exchange and outbound exchange.

QS started the ranking among Asian universities in 2009. From 2009 to 2011, it ranked the 200 top universities in the region. Last year it expanded the ranking to cover the top 300 Asian universities.

QS said it used a “slightly different” methodology from the one it used for the annual QS World University Rankings to “reflect the region’s different priorities.”

Top universities

This year’s top Asian universities were the same as last year.

Hong Kong University of Science and Technology once more topped the QS ranking. Once again it was followed by National University of Singapore, University of Hong Kong and Seoul National University.

Last year’s sixth-ranked Peking University rounded up the top five this year.


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  • Jose Alfonso Nazareno

    Bakit hindi kasama ang alma mater ko? AMA Computer College

    • Miguel Montecillo

      oh please, AMA doesn’t even get to be in the top 50 in the Philippines :p
      sorry, but its true

      • Jesse_Bruce_Pinkman

        He’s just being sarcastic. AMA has gained a bad reputation of being the dumping ground of delinquents and failures from other universities.

        I have seen the curriculum of AMA and I must say that it is good. But the only thing is that their acceptance criteria is not.

    • Drillon Recto

      LOL. Malapit na yan. Wag ka mawalan ng pagasa.

  • AnaheimCostaMesaNewportBeach

    I doubt this information is correct or reliable. We Filipinos compatriots should start questioning how they gather and come up with this data or conclusion. It is now the time, to question these claims – we should stop encouraging the “ah Ganoon ba” mentality amongst our fellow compatriots. We are the only free country in the ASIA, that is providing real and uncontrolled information. Though, the philippines is starting to mimic our elementary and high school like those in the west , para social and standard ang dating. We were a standard before, I hope we still have that… hello! count the million of workers overseas – completing and even fare more better than those who are locally educated in their own respective countries. To the Writer, How about giving some Pinoy Pride like any other Newpaper companies do….. palagi na lang tinitirahan ating ang ating sariling kababayan.. No wonder, non-filipinos think of our countrymen and women as scattered, un-united and easily dispersed.

    • Drillon Recto

      Un-united? You mean divided? And yet you wonder why?

    • Miguel Montecillo

      Based on your comment there I think you should go back to high school and learn proper grammar. The reason why you doubt the this sad TRUTH is mostly attributed to your dim comprehension on what is truly going on. You sir, and your ill grammar are proof to why education in the Philippines is turning into garbage. And we are not the only free country IN ASIA (not ‘in the asia’, take note), there’s India, South Korea, Japan, and more- each of them is a REPUBLIC. And addressing that statement to the writer also means that you have no respect, and no knowledge of true journalism. You think bad news should not be presented even if it belittle’s our country and its people? They should be presented and spread through every citizen so that they will be aware of the decaying state of our country, having done so will force them to wake up and actually improve. Other newspaper companies opt for those “Pinoy Pride” and other stuff that strays us away from the truth because they know it meant that their sales will go up with that kind of content.
      And yes, foreigners think of our people as scattered and NOT UNITED (there’s no such word as un-united, come on), but that is because of our CULTURAL DIVERSITY. Take my advice: read more, work on your English grammar, and maybe actually do something good for the country than say something as nonsense as your comment.

  • Jesse_Bruce_Pinkman

    The QS ranking is heavily based on research and reputation. With UP’s limited budget and miniscule endowment, it is any surprise that it even made it to the 67th place. If anyone ever happened to check on the ranking and tried to learn about all other academic powerhouses in Asia, one would still feel proud that UP ever made it to that list.

    I came from UP and I don’t need any ranking to feel better about where I came from. But having it higher in the ranking wouldn’t hurt either.

    I endured days with limited sleep that almost stretched on like forever just to keep up with the subject matter, only to get mediocre grades from mediocre teachers.

    I say UP’s and all other universities in the Philippines’ rankings in QS are well deserved. Ateneo is a great school but they tend to focus mostly on business, and of course, their strange situation having a lack of endowments, which are perhaps the reasons why these explain something about their fall.

    Remember, there are about 7000 universities in Asia. QS has done the rankings ever since and I think they know what they are doing. Ranking the best universities in the world and playing with their reputation are surely not a walk in the park. The ones who gather the information and analyze the data are experts in their own right.

    Although universities can never really be ranked, and I’m sure QS themselves recognize this fact, because of the myriad of variables and metrics, the QS ranking is the closest one we’ve got to doing that.

    I haven’t even heard of the University of Southeastern Philippines, but it’s a good thing to know that Manila is not the only place where excellent schools exist in the country.

    • Drillon Recto

      Well said Mr. Iggy!

  • generalproblem

    wala kasing reseacrh activities na ginagawa sa mga universities sa atin kundi puro theory. kaya yung mga engineering graduate dipa yata nakakita ng multimeter hehehe.

  • Alexalbert Mistisma

    Give us the tools, WE’LL finish the JOB…

    Winston Churchill

  • Alexalbert Mistisma

    One small issue….and off the topic…

    Where are you politicians?

    Abolish the world “Diploma” in the academic certifications…

    The other countries might thought that ALL FILIPINOs just graduated in “diploma” degrees.

    There are many things that in education system must be addressed very well…

  • Guest

    Include a program in the curriculum so that graduating high school students (in their last 2 years) are also able to get a 2-year associate’s degree.

    This way, everyone who graduates are basically college educated. Those who decide to continue have with them a solid educational background and are more equipped to tackle college life. Those who decide to discontinue (sad but some people choose this route and end up being successful as well–i.e. Bill Gates) are armed with skills enabling them to find better jobs compared to those armed with just a high school diploma.

  • topolcats

    Undereducated level for a start a degree in medicine is equal to that of a nurse in europe!
    Who in the world would trust their lives to a Flip doctor or their freedom to a corrupt flip lawyer…go figure?

    • artz555

      You maybe right in a some instances, but consider this also :

      1.) Every year, only about 25 % to 30 % or a little bit more, pass the PH professional board exams in Law, Engineering, Medicine, Nursing, Electronics, etc. which to some, is some indication of the kinds of professionals who are working in the country and abroad. ( Check the PH Professional Regulation Commission exam results.

      2 ) Most professional Filipinos who work abroad like the US, pass the states board exams too. They have contributed invaluably to the US vibrant economy for decades in science, medicine , engineering, the Arts etc. Filipino engineers and engineering firms in the Middle East and elsewhere has been known to be one of the best in their region and elsewhere too.. In a way, most Filipinos has contributed a lot to the development of some economies around the world.

      3) Of course, there are mediocre or not so good Filipino professionals or workers just like in any other nationality anywhere in the world. But generally speaking,most Filipinos around the world (who are known to hard working) are competing well, and while earning modestly are contributing well to world knowledge and world economic development

    • Drillon Recto

      I think nurses in Europe are mostly Filipinos. Go check and stop snorting.

  • Drillon Recto

    QS just confirmed what most Filipino knew for a long time. That the PHL education system has gone south. Why? Because education in the PHL is actually more commercial than educational.

  • anu12345

    Ate Glo, humirit ka na naman. Cool ka lang. Tinanggal mo na ba ang neck brace mo?

  • sony ihli

    good one ^_^



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