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Top 4 PH schools drop world rankings

The Philippines’  four leading universities have  dropped their ratings  in the latest 2015 Quacquarelli Symonds World University Rankings  released today,   Sept. 15, 2015.

In the twelfth edition of the QS World University Rankings survey,   University of the Philippines slid  from the 367th spot in 2014 to 401-410th spot this year. Jesuit-run Ateneo de Manila University followed suit, from the 461-470th spot last year to 501-550th spot in 2015.  

Catholic universities De La Salle University and University of Santo Tomas, meanwhile, shared the same rankings in the 701+ spot, with DLSU faring lower than  the 651-700th spot last year.  

US-based Massachusetts Institute of Technology  remains  as the world’s top university followed by Harvard (2nd), Cambridge and Stanford (3rd) while ETH Zurich (9th) breaks into the top 10.

Asian universities  for the first time made it to   the Top 15, with the National University of Singapore in the 12th spot and the Nanyang Technological University, also in  Singapore in the 13th spot.  

“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 Reasearch.  

Quacquarelli Symonds is a British educational and careers advice company that produced the World University Rankings in partnership with the UK magazine Times Higher Education from 2004 to 2009, and on its own since 2010. The purpose of the rankings “has been to recognize universities as the multi-faceted organizations they are and to provide a global comparison of their success against their notional mission of becoming or remaining world-class.”

The QS World University Rankings are based on four key pillars—research, teaching, employability and internationalization and the methodology consists of six indicators: academic reputation (40 percent), employer reputation (10 percent), faculty student ratio (20 percent), citations per faculty (20 percent), international students (5 percent), and international faculty (5 percent).

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