The Philippines surfaced in the inaugural Times Higher Education (THE) Asia-Pacific University Rankings as the University of the Philippines (UP) made the top 250.
UP is the only Philippine university to place in the rankings.
The national university’s inclusion this year also ends the country’s absence from the Asia University Rankings since 2015.
The universities from 38 countries in East Asia, Southeast Asia and Oceania were assessed in terms of teaching (25 percent), research (30 percent), citations (30 percent), international outlook (7.5 percent) and industry income (7.5 percent). These are the same indicators used by the THE in the world rankings, albeit slightly recalibrated “to reflect the younger profile of some of the universities in the region.”
While UP received high scores in international outlook and industry income, its overall score was pulled down by points in research and citations.
The National University of Singapore, Peking University and the University of Melbourne occupied the top three spots. Japan has the most number of universities in the list.
According to THE, the rankings show “a picture of the countries and universities that are set to become world-leading higher education players over the coming years.”
UP likewise represented the Philippines in the top 800 universities in the world based on 2016-2017 rankings.