Tai­wanese uni­ver­si­ties los­ing ground in THE Asia rank­ings

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

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.

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