8 Philippine universities earned spots on the 2019 Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) Asia University rankings. Last year, only 6 Philippine schools had a place on the rankings.
The schools are the University of the Philippines (72), Ateneo de Manila University (115), De La Salle University (155), University of Santo Tomas (162), University of San Carlos (301-350), Mapua University (401-450), Mindanao State University-Iligan Institute of Technology (451-500), and Silliman University (451-500). The additional two schools for this year are Mapúa University and Mindanao State University-Iligan Institute of Technology.
Of these, only the University of the Philippines ranked within the top 100. For the 2018 edition of the QS ranking, UP placed at 72nd. This year it rose three spots to be 75.
Besides UP, the previously ranked universities dropped place from 2018 to 2019. AdMU went from 95 to 115, De la Salle from 134 to 155, UST from 145 to 162, and Silliman University from 351-40 to 451-500.
QS ratings measure universities by 11 criteria: academic reputation (30%), employer reputation (20%), faculty-student ratio (10%), international research network (10%), citations per paper (10%), papers per faculty (10%), staff with a PhD (5%), international faculty (2.5%), international students (2.5%), inbound exchange students (2.5%), and outbound exchange students (2.5%).
The University of Santo Tomas also received 4 QS stars for excellent ratings in terms of employability, facilities, social responsibility, and inclusiveness. Mapúa University received 3 QS stars for employability, facilities, and social responsibility.
For the 2019 rankings, the top 10 universities are:
- National University of Singapore (Singapore)
- The University of Hong Kong (Hong Kong)
- Nanyang Technological University Singapore (Singapore)
- Tsinghua University (China)
- Peking University (China)
- Fudan University (China)
- The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (Hong Kong)
- Korea Advanced Institute of Science & Technology (South Korea)
- The Chinese University of Hong Kong (Hong Kong)
- Seoul National University (South Korea)
QS is a British company specialising in education and is the world’s largest international higher education network. It has been releasing rankings since 2009.