UP Remains Sole PH School in Times Higher Education’s List of Top Asian Universities

In a list with 26 schools from ASEAN, why is there only one from the Philippines?


The University of the Philippines (UP) ranked 156th in the Asia University Rankings 2018, an annual listing of the top Asian universities by London-based magazine Times Higher Education (THE). The university moved up from a cluster rank of 201-250 in last year’s rankings.

The Asia University Rankings gauged higher educational institutions based on five areas: teaching, research, citations, international outlook and industry income. This year, THE’s list included 359 universities across 25 Asian countries and territories, up from 298 schools in the 2017 ranking. 

It is the second time UP has made the list, and it remains as the only Philippine university included in the annual rankings. Compared to last year, THE gave UP higher scores in teaching, research and citations, while the university had lower scores in international outlook and industry income.

Topping the list once again is the National University of Singapore, which has ranked first since 2016. It is followed by two Chinese universities, with Tsinghua University at No. 2 and Peking University at No. 3. THE noted that Japan was the most represented Asian country, with 89 of its universities making the list.


Of the 359 schools in THE’s 2018 list, 26 are from Southeast Asia, up from 24 last year. Ten of these universities are from Thailand, the most in the region, while Malaysia has nine. Indonesia has four universities in this year’s ranking, up from two last year, while Singapore held two spots.

The Asia University Rankings has been compiled by THE since 2013, and is a subset of its World University Rankings. In the global ranking, UP ranked in the 601-800 cluster, up from the 801+ cluster last year.





Lorenzo Kyle Subido is a staff writer of Entrepreneur PH

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