PH universities slip in QS World Rankings

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Four of the country's top universities were included in the 2015 QS World University Rankings.

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — Three of the top Philippine universities suffered lower rankings in the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings for 2015.

The University of the Philippines (UP) slid from 367th last year to 401st to 410th. It was followed by the Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU) which slid down to 501st to 550th place from last year’s 461st to 470th.

The De La Salle University (DLSU) is placed at 701+ compared to 651 to 700 in 2014. The University of Santo Tomas (UST) remained at 701+, similar to its 2014 and 2013 ranking.

Likewise, ADMU and UP slid down the academic reputation indicator, which is measured using a global survey of academics on “where they believe the best work is currently taking place within their own field of expertise.” This accounts for 40 percent of the score.

UP placed 257 down from its rank of 221 in 2014, while ADMU was placed at 395 from last year’s 336.

However, both DLSU and UP got improved rankings in the employer reputation indicator.

UP placed 210th compared to last year’s 219. DLSU, on the other hand, improved by four points, ranking 292nd this year.

The employer reputation indicator accounts for 10 percent of the score and is measured using a global survey that asks employers to identify the universities they perceive to be producing the best graduates.

'More diversity'

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) remained the world’s top university followed by Harvard, and Cambridge and Stanford tied at 3rd place.

The National University of Singapore (NUS) led Asian universities at 12th place followed by Nanyang Technological University at 13th place.

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"These latest results reveal more diversity than ever in the distribution of world-class universities at the highest levels. We're providing prospective students with the richest picture yet," Ben Sowter, head of research at QS, said in a press statement on Monday (September 14).