QS University Rankings 2015 out, 4 PH schools in

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Four universities were included in the QS University Rankings: Asia 2015.

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — Out of 300 top universities in Asia, four from the Philippines made it to the list released by education firm Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) on Wednesday (June 10).

Among the four, the University of the Philippines (UP) took the lead, ranking 70th out of 300 — seven spots lower than its 2014 rank.

Following in ranks 114, 143, and 181 to 190, respectively are Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU), University of Santo Tomas (UST), and De La Salle University.

While both UST and DLSU saw no improvements in their numbers this year, ADMU surfaced with a better rank. In 2014, ADMU ranked 115th in Asia.

UST and DLSU, meanwhile, slid from last year's rankings — 141st and 151st to 160th, respectively.

Through its annual university rankings, QS seeks to "compare the world's highest-performing universities and explore the leading universities in different world regions." It also aims to compare data in specific subject areas.

QS University Rankings: Asia has been spotlighting top schools in the region yearly since it was launched in 2009.

The London-based education group uses nine indicators in determining ranks in Asia, namely:

Academic reputation (30%)

Employer reputation (10%)

Faculty/student ratio (20%)

Citations per paper (15%)

Papers per faculty (15%)

Proportion of international faculty (2.5%)

Proportion of international students (2.5%)

Proportion of inbound exchange students (2.5%)

Proportion of outbound exchange students (2.5%)

This year's top three schools in Asia are the National University of Singapore, the University of Hong Kong, and the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology.