Top Asian universities

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A news item in today’s issue of Malaya:

UP, La Salle, Ateneo among top Asia schools

Three Philippine universities were among the top 100 Asian universities based on the Quacquarelli Symonds Ltd. rankings which were made public yesterday.

They are University of the Philippines, ranked No. 50, De La Salle University (No. 76) and the Ateneo De Manila University (No. 84).

QS managing director Nunzio Quacquarelli said the top performing universities were distinguished not only by quality but also by high productivity of research.

He said the 100 universities were ranked based on criteria which include Peer Academic Review, Recruiter Review, International Faculty Ratio, International Student Ratio, Student Faculty Ratio and Citations per Faculty.

“Philippine universities have performed well, with high recruiter review scores. These results make studying in the Philippines an attractive option for international students,” he said.

China, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore and South Korea were the five countries that dominated the top 10 places in the Asian University Rankings.

The University of Hong Kong, Chinese University of Hong Kong, and University of Tokyo bagged the top three spots.

Don”t you think the news item sounds too positive about the overall  performance of Philippine universities, considering that we only have three schools in the Top 100 and that the country’s best university, UP, is only 50th?

Is this rather a sad commentary on the state of Philippine education? To think that not too long ago,our Asian neighbors would send their brightest students to the Philippines to do their undergraduate and advanced studies …

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