8 PH Universities named as among Asia’s Best

  • UP ranked 70 among Asia’s Best Universities, still the best in the country
  • UST fell in the ranking but it’s the only PH University to get 4 QS stars
  • AdMU, DLSU placed 99 and 181 respectively

Eight Philippine Universities were recognized as among the top Universities in Asia based on the ranking released by the London-based education and career firm Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) yesterday.

University of the Philippines (UP) topped all other universities in the country after grabbing the 70th spot for 2016’s QS University Rankings for Asia; maintaining its position last year.

Ateneo de Manila comes next after getting the 99th position; going up 15 places from 114th of 2015.

De La Salle University (DLSU) got the biggest leap of 40 from top 183 last year to 143.

University of Sto. Thomas, on the other hand, fell in the ranking; from its 157th place last year to 143 this year.

Among the country’s “Big Four” schools, University of Santo Tomas (UST) is the only one that drop in its ranking.

However, UST was recognized as the only Philippine Tertiary Education who received four QS stars because of excellent marks in ‘employability, facilities, social responsibility and inclusiveness.’

After expanding the QS list to top 350, Siliman University of Dumaguete and Xavier University of of Cagayan de Oro entered the 251-300 bracket. Ateneo de Manila University regained the 251-300 bracket.

University of San Carlos in Cebu is in the bracket of 301-350.

This year’s best University is the National University of Singapore with a perfect score of 100%; hailed as the Best for three consecutive years. Following closely are the University of Hongkong and Nanyang Technological University in Singapore.

According to the QS website, the star rating system “allows students to get a wider picture of an institution’s qualities; looking at everything from employability of graduates, to sports facilities and community engagement.”

“It is designed to reflect the nuanced mission of universities, and the needs of students who may be interested in things other than those to which traditional rankings are necessarily limited,” the London-based career and education firm added.

First published in 2009, the QS University Rankings for Asia adopts a methodology that consists of the following indicators: academic reputation, employer reputation, faculty-student ratio, citations per paper, papers per faculty, international faculty, international students, inbound exchange students and outbound exchange students.