Seven universities in the country joined the list of the Top 650 schools in Asia, in addition to seven others which made the list last year, according to the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) Asia rankings: Ateneo de Davao University (501-550 bracket); Mindanao State-Iligan Institute of Technology (551-600 bracket); Adamson University (601+); Central Luzon State University (601+); Central Mindanao University (601+); Central Philippine University (601+); Xavier University (601+).
The University of the Philippines keeps the top spot as the country’s highest-ranked school, moving up this year to 69th place from the 72nd. Ateneo de Manila University follows at the 135th spot down from the 124th; De La Salle University in 166th place from 156th; the University of Santo Tomas in the 186th spot from the 179th; and the University of San Carlos, in the 451-500 bracket down from 351-400.
Included as well are Mapua University and Siliman University, both in the 501-550 bracket, down from 451-500.
The Commission on Higher Education (CHED) credited the improved rankings to its efforts to help higher education institutions (HEI) “internationalize” by providing an understanding of the international ranking system.
Schools’ internationalization initiatives were furthered by university-to-university twinning programs and research, study visits by university presidents as well as scholarships in foreign leading schools.