MANILA, Philippines – Three of 4 Philippine universities that consistently made it to the annual QS World University Rankings ranked lower in the 2015 list released Tuesday, September 15.
The University of the Philippines (UP) dropped from 367 in 2014 to 401-410 in 2015 – the lowest ranking of the premier state university since 2012.
The Ateneo de Manila University (AdMU) fell from 461-470 in 2014 to 501-550, while De La Salle University (DLSU) also slid down to 701+ from last year's 651-700.
The University of Santo Tomas stayed at 701+.
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the United States is still the world's top university according to the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS).
In a statement on Tuesday, the QS noted that globally, UP, AdMU, and DLSU all made it to the top 300 when it comes to the Employer Reputation indicator – one of 6 indicators which serves as basis for the annual rankings:
Locally, UP ranked highest in the Academic Reputation indicator (rank 257).
But despite Philippine universities being ranked for years, experts say the country still looks at rankings as a "perception game," even if the ASEAN integration is just around the corner. (READ: The ASEAN template: Producing graduates who fit the bill)
First compiled in 2004, the QS World University Rankings are published annually by QS. This year's list ranked 891 institutions from 82 countries.
Individual ranking options are given to the top 400 universities, while the rest are placed in groups. It compares the universities in terms of research, teaching, employability, and international outlook.
"These latest results reveal more diversity than ever in the distribution of world-class universities at the highest levels. We're providing prospective students with the richest picture yet," said Ben Sowter, QS head of research. – Rappler.com
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