NTU drops to 82nd in world university rankings
By Joy Lee ,The China PostTAIPEI, Taiwan -- National Taiwan University (NTU) has been ranked 82nd in the latest Quacquarelli Symonds World University Rankings (QS Rankings) published yesterday.
September 11, 2013, 12:11 am TWN
NTU's position dropped two places from last year, but the school remains the only university from Taiwan that takes a spot in the top 100 of the QS Rankings.
Ben Sowter, QS head of research, said that 100 universities had been added into the rankings this year, which made the competition tougher.
Sowter said that even though NTU dropped two places in this year's rankings, it does not mean that the academic level of the university has fallen.
“With the competitiveness of this year's QS Rankings,” Sowter said, “it is an accomplishment to maintain or even approach last year's ranking.”
Sowter said that next year NTU could bounce back into the top 80.
A spokesperson for NTU said that the university will take the QS Rankings into account, analyzing the results from each aspect that had been evaluated as the base for the future developments.
National Tsing Hua University received the second-highest ranking among all the universities from Taiwan in the 199th spot while National Taipei University of Technology made its first entry into the top 600 of the QS Rankings.
Chiao Tung University's ranking climbed eight places this year while National Cheng Kung University climbed 24 places.
Sowter said that if NTU wants to climb up the rankings, it has to work more closely with universities from other countries, which will increase the chances of the university's theses being cited by other institutions.
Other Taiwanese universities that are included in the top 500 include National Yang-Ming University, Taipei Medical University, National Central University, National Taiwan University of Science and Technology, and National Sun Yat-sen University.
A total of 835 universities participated in this year's rankings, which were based on academic peer review, faculty-student ratio, citations per faculty, recruiter reviews, and international orientation.
The QS World University Rankings, which is regarded as one of the three most influential and widely observed international university rankings, along with the Times Higher Education World University Rankings and the Academic Ranking of World Universities, are annual university rankings published by the QS that offer overall university rankings as well as ranking for individual subjects.