At Least 8 Universities in the Philippines Listed Among Asia’s Best

When it comes to education, Filipinos really value learning and there are lots of proofs to this claim. In fact, at least 8 universities in the country have been listed among Asia’s best.

At least 8 universities here in the Philippines, headed by the University of the Philippines have been included in the recent Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) University Rankings on the top 350 universities in Asia.

The University of the Philippines (UP) ranked 70th place in the 2016 QS rankings, followed by the Ateneo de Manila University which ranked 99th place this year from 114th last year.

Meanwhile, De La Salle University (DLSU) had the biggest leap in its history in the QS rankings from 183rd place in 2015 to 143rd in 2016, surpassing the University of Santo Tomas (UST), which fell from 143th to 157rd this year.

Nevertheless, UST is the only university in the Philippines that received four QS stars.

In its official website, QS noted that its star rating system allows students to get a wider picture of the qualities of the institutions, eyeing at everything from employability of graduates and up to sports facilities and public engagement.

“It is designed to reflect the nuanced mission of universities, and the needs of students who may be interested in things other than those to which traditional rankings are necessarily limited,”


Also included in the 250-300 bracket of the list are the Siliman University, Xavier University in Cagayan de Oro and Ateneo de Davao University, while the University of San Carlos in Cebu is in 301-350 bracket.

To compile the University Rankings, QS uses 9 indicators as follow:

• Academic reputation
• Employer reputation
• Faculty/student ratio
• Citations paper
• Papers per faculty
• Staff with a doctorate degree
• Proportion of international faculty and students
• Proportion of inbound
• Outbound exchange of students

So far, the National University of Singapore once again claimed the top rank for the third time in a row having a perfect overall score of 100 percent, followed by the University of Hong Kong in 2nd place and the Nanyang Technological University in Singapore in 3rd spot.

Aizelle Joe