NTU listed among top 51-60 in World University Rankings
By Joy Lee, The China PostTAIPEI, Taiwan -- National Taiwan University (NTU) ranked in the 51-60 band at the 2013 World Reputation Rankings — a subsidiary of the well-known World University Rankings — published by Times Higher Education magazine.
March 5, 2013, 12:35 am TWN
The magazine said NTU rose from the 81-90 band in 2011 to the 51-60 group this year.
It reported that this flagship institution, Taiwan's only university in the top 100, has been making strong and steady progress and this year it has made further progress, moving into the 51-60 cohort.
In the opinion of the scholarly community, the university's stock is rising, it reported, and this should be “good news for the whole of Taiwan' sector” as major global flagships attract top talent and investment from all over the world.
It also reported that Taiwan is part of a group of East Asian countries with growing academic reach and prestige. “When it comes to exciting developments in higher education, all eyes are facing East.”
Two of mainland China's flagship universities slipped slightly, with Tsinghua University falling from 30th to 35th and Peking University from 38th to 45th.
It reported that the two institutions, backed by heavy investment, continue to rise in the overall Times Higher Education World University Rankings, adding that perhaps the dip in the reputation-only table reflects the need for those institutions to ensure they are properly communicating their progress to the global scholarly community.
Japan Tops Asian Countries
According to the ranking, Japan tops other Asian countries with five top 100 institutions. The University of Tokyo slipped from eighth in 2012 to ninth in 2013.
Meanwhile, Hong Kong has three top 100 institutions in the World University Rankings. The University of Hong Kong ranked 36th, up from 39th in 2012 and 42nd in 2011.
According to the magazine, the National University of Singapore climbed one place to 22nd while the Republic of Korea's Seoul National University improved its standing from the band of 51-60 in 2012 to 41st this year.