Tai­wan loses Asia crown in THE 100 Un­der 50

The China Post - - LOCAL - BY CHI- HAO JAMES LO

Renowned Lon­don-based weekly mag­a­zine Times Higher Ed­u­ca­tion (THE) to­day pub­lished the 2015 “Times Higher Ed­u­ca­tion 100 Un­der 50” rank­ings, show­ing that Tai­wan has lost its sta­tus as the num­ber one Asian na­tion in terms of rep­re­sen­ta­tive num­bers.

This year marks the fourth pub­li­ca­tion of the rank­ing, which is un­like that of THE’s famed World Uni­ver­sity Rank­ings that seeks to ex­am­ine the per­for­mance of col­leges around the globe, and is in­stead an anal­y­sis of the world’s top 100 uni­ver­si­ties that are less than 50 years old. The rank­ings fea­ture renowned uni­ver­si­ties with the po­ten­tial to be­come the next Ivy League-cal­iber in­sti­tu­tions that were founded no ear­lier than 1965.

Due to the qual­ity of the list that re­quires it to be up­dated on a yearly ba­sis based within the timeline of 50 years, uni­ver­si­ties from 28 re­gions are show­cased this year, as op­posed to 29 from the last that in­cluded col­leges es­tab­lished in 1964.

Ac­cord­ing to THE, while the list adopts the same com­pre­hen­sive range of 13 per­for­mance in­di­ca­tors that are used to pro­duce the highly re­garded THE World Uni­ver­sity Rank­ings, the in­di­ca­tors have been re­cal­i­brated through a spe­cial method­ol­ogy to re­flect the char­ac­ter and devel­op­ment pri­or­i­ties of young in­sti­tu­tions around the world.

Through the com­bi­na­tion of tra­di­tional and newly im­ple­mented tech­niques, the 100 Un­der 50 list dis­plays to its read­ers the na­tions that could chal­lenge the United States and the United King­dom as the next author­ity in ed­u­ca­tion.

Tai­wan Loses One Rep­re­sen­ta­tive from List

The rank­ings show


the École polytech­nique fédérale de Lau­sanne (Swiss Fed­eral In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy in Lau­sanne) of Switzer­land has switched places with South Korea’s Po­hang Uni­ver­sity of Science and Tech­nol­ogy this year, ad­vanc­ing from its sec­ond place rank­ing to the first. The Swiss in­sti­tute had re­mained in sec­ond place since 2012, when the unique rank­ing was first pub­lished.

Ac­cord­ing to the list, East Asian uni­ver­si­ties con­tinue to take high place­ments, with in­sti­tu­tions from Hong Kong, South Korea and Sin­ga­pore claim­ing four of the top­five po­si­tions in the 100 Un­der 50 list.

While Tai­wan re­tains a solid sta­tus, with three uni­ver­sity rep­re­sen­ta­tives listed on the rank­ing along­side Turkey, Hong Kong, Por­tu­gal, Swe­den, South Korea and Fin­land, Tai­wan has lost its sta­tus as the num­ber one Asian na­tion in rep­re­sen­ta­tive num­bers, af­ter the na­tion’s Asia Uni­ver­sity ( ) fell out from the rank­ing en­tirely from its 99th place­ment in 2014.

Though both the Na­tional Sun Yat-sen Uni­ver­sity (NSYSU,

) and Na­tional Yang Ming Uni­ver­sity (NYMU, ) re­main listed in the rank­ings, both have dropped from their pre­vi­ous po­si­tions from last year. NYMU fell dan­ger­ously low from its 96th po­si­tion to come in last place at 100th on the list.

NSYSU has also dropped from 40th to 49th, barely stay­ing on as one of the top 50 uni­ver­si­ties in the rank­ings. The sav­ing grace is the Na­tional Tai­wan Uni­ver­sity of Science and Tech­nol­ogy (

), which over­took NSYSU to ad­vance from its 42nd place­ment in 2014 to its cur­rent 41st po­si­tion this year.

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