More Philippines higher education institutions are now in the newly-released Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) Top 500 Universities in Asia.

The latest state university to be included in the QS rankings is Mindanao State University – Iligan Institute of Technology (MSU-IIT), which is known for its strong engineering programs. Graduates of MSU-IIT recently placed 1st, 4th, 5th, 7th, 9th and 10th in the October 2018 metallurgical engineering board examination.

The country’s premiere state university, the University of the Philippines (UP), now ranks 72 and still leads the Philippines’ finest HEIs followed by Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU), De La Salle University (DLSU) and the University of Santo Tomas (UST) in the top 150. MSU-IIT joins University of San Carlos (USC), Mapua University, and Silliman University in the 300-500 bracket. The National University of Singapore currently tops the list.

CHED Chairman Dr. J. Prospero E. De Vera III welcomed this development, “I commend the eight (8) universities that are now part of the latest QS Asian university rankings and I look forward to more Philippine universities entering the top 500 in the coming years.”

“To further boost the quality and competitiveness of our public and private institutions, the Commission will soon launch a project through its International Affairs Service that will assist Philippine universities to showcase their excellence to the world, promote their internationalization initiatives and increase global reputation through international benchmarking assessment of institutions using internationalization metrics,” De Vera revealed.

“Through this project, we expect more Philippine universities to be included in the internationalization rankings and develop programs that improve the quality of education in their respective institutions,” De Vera added.

 Ranking of Philippine Higher Education Institutions in the
Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings: Asia 2019
Higher Education Institution 2019 2018
University of the Philippines 72 75
Ateneo de Manila University 115 95
De La Salle University 155 134
University of Santo Tomas 162 145
University of San Carlos 301-350 301-350
Mapua University 401-450 401-450
Mindanao State University – Iligan Institute of Technology 451-500
Siliman University 451-500 351-400

Eleven indicators were used to compile the QS Asian University Rankings: academic reputation (30%), employer reputation (20%), faculty-student ratio (10%), international research network (10%), citations per paper (10%), papers per faculty (5%), staff with Doctorate degrees (5%), international faculty (2.5%), international students (2.5%), inbound exchange (2.5%), and outbound exchange (2.5%).

Based on the indicators, UP scored high in most of the indicators, while DLSU topped in terms of staff with Doctorate degrees and number of papers per faculty. On the other hand, ADMU got high marks for papers per faculty and UST registered the highest in international faculty. Meanwhile, USC received high scores in terms of citations per paper, inbound exchange, and outbound exchange.


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