UP ranks 156th in Asia's top universities

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UP is the only Philippine university to make it to the Times Higher Education (THE) Asia University Rankings 2018. (FILE PHOTO)

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 8) — The University of the Philippines (UP) ranked 156th among the top universities in Asia.

UP is the only Philippine university to make it to the Times Higher Education (THE) Asia University Rankings 2018, jumping from the 201st-250th bracket in 2017.

It is also the only university to have made it to the THE's World University Rankings.

On the university website, UP Vice President for Academic Affairs Cynthia Rose Bautista said the state university is one of top three Asian universities whose research works have frequently been cited by scholars from around the world.

THE data showed UP's citations score-the measure of the university's research influence-rose from 13.5 in 2017 to 40 in 2018.

Bautista said publishing company Elsevier shared five-year bibliometrics data to UP, which showed that the university's papers are cited 14 percent more frequently than the world average. In medicine, they are cited 336 percent more frequently.

"We have not gone to details in terms of areas where we have more influence," Bautista said. "For now we believe Elsevier when it says our citations are global as opposed to being confined to particular regions only."

The UP system was under fire after President Rodrigo Duterte singled out its students who participated in protests and walked out of classes during his speech last February 1.

READ: Palace: Duterte against students missing class, not protests

Meanwhile, the National University of Singapore leads the top universities in Asia, followed by China's Tsinghua University and Peking University.