UP is still the number one university in the Philippines, placing 70th in the 2016 Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) Asian University Rankings.
With an overall score of 58.4 out of 100, it received the highest points in employer reputation (87.9), academic reputation (74.8) and faculty-student ratio (69.2).
Other indicators used by QS were citations per paper, papers per faculty, staff with PhD, proportions of international faculty and international students, and proportions of inbound and outbound exchange students.
Employer and academic reputation was determined through a global survey while publications and citations through Scopus data.
In 2015, UP was the only Philippine university in the top 100 Asian universities. This year, Ateneo de Manila rose from 114th to 99th, with an overall score of 47.8.
Landing in the top 300 universities in the region were also De La Salle University, University of Santo Tomas, Ateneo de Davao University, Siliman University, Xavier University and the University of San Carlos.
The Asian edition of the rankings is an extension of the tables used by QS for the World University Rankings. The latter, in which UP placed 401st in 2015, classify more than 800 universities based on the same set of indicators.
In the 2015 QS World University Rankings by Subject, UP scored highly in the arts and humanities, life sciences and medicine, and social sciences and management.
(Based on an article by Jo. Florendo B. Lontoc)