UP is still the leading university in the Philippines despite falling five notches in the new Asian University Rankings released by Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) in October.
From No. 70 in 2016 and 2017, it is now No. 75, with an accumulated score of 57.3.
The national university received high points for employer reputation, followed by academic reputation and faculty-student ratio. Employer and academic reputation are measured by means of global surveys.
Lower scores, however, were given to UP in research and internationalization metrics, particularly in citations for paper, outbound student exchange and inbound student exchange.
Over 400 universities around Asia were assessed. Ateneo de Manila University, De La Salle University, University of Sto. Tomas and Silliman University also entered the list.
For the regional rankings, QS used a different methodology, developed in consultation with experts, to make sure that it provides “the most accurate picture possible of universities which are perhaps traditionally overlooked by some in favor of focusing on American, British and western European institutions.”
In the World University Rankings published by QS in June, UP rose seven spots, placing 367th alongside Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, James Cook University, University of Tromsø The Arctic University of Norway, and Tokyo Medical and Dental University.
Last year, UP also performed better in the global rankings, climbing to 374th from 401st in 2016.
The world rankings consider academic reputation, employer reputation and faculty-student ratio, citations per faculty, international faculty ratio and international student ratio.