Taiwanese universities losing ground in THE Asia rankings
The Times Higher Education (THE) magazine today published the “THE Asia University Rankings 2015,” reporting that Taiwan continues to lose ground in terms of the number of world-class universities, going from having 13 representatives last year to only 11 this year.
The results were collected with the same comprehensive range of 13 performance indicators that are used to produce the highly regarded THE World University Rankings, with calibrations included to examine the strengths of Asian universities against teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook capabilities of the said institutions, so as to place the schools in the standard of world-class universities.
To establish credibility for the results, THE has analyzed 50 million citations and then compared the data with world averages from the same fields.
While Taiwan has lost representatives on the list once again, after last year losing four schools compared to having 17 representing institutions in 2013, mainland China has overtaken Japan as the Asian country with the highest number of schools on the list.
However, Japan’s University of Tokyo remained on the list as the highest ranked school in Asia, with Singapore’s National University of Singapore and Hong Kong’s University of Hong Kong holding on to their second and third places, respectively.
Aside from putting three more schools on this year’s list compared to having 18 representatives last year, China’s top institutions have also climbed up to higher places on the rankings, with Peking University taking fourth and Tsinghua University at fifth. The advancement of the two Chinese institutions also pushes South Korea’s Seoul National University from its fourth place position in 2014 down to sixth this year.
Only One Taiwanese School
Climbs on List
According to the new list, not only has Taiwan lost two schools on the list, only one school rose in the rankings, while nine others have dropped down to lower places. One school held on to its position from last year.
Taiwan’s National Tsing Hua University ( ) was the only institution to have advanced, rising from 38th to 34th on the list, while National Taiwan University of Science and Technology ( ) remained at 52nd.
Taiwan’s flagship university, National Taiwan University (
) , failed to climb back into the top 10 of the list, falling further down to number 17 compared to its number 13 post last year.
While most of the other universities have also fallen slightly lower down the list, National Central University (
), Asia University ( ) and China Medical University ( ) dropped 10 places, respectively.
National Sun Yat- sen University ( ) was the only school to have fallen more than 10 places, declining from number 46 in 2014 to number 62 this year.
National Yang- Ming University ( ) has fallen dangerously low from its 93rd placement last year to 98th, bringing it two steps closer to being completely dropped from the rankings.