NTU slips down in '13-'14 World University Rankings
By Joy Lee ,The China PostTAIPEI, Taiwan -- National Taiwan University's (NTU) placement on the 2013-2014 World University Rankings slipped down eight places while the ranks for most top institutions in Asian countries improved, according to Times Higher Education.
October 3, 2013, 7:11 pm TWN
NTU was placed 134th in the 2012-2013 World University Rankings, but the university's ranking was pushed back to 142nd in the latest survey, according to Times Higher Education.
“It will be cause for concern that Taiwan's national flagship, National Taiwan University (its only top-200 institution), has fallen eight places to 142nd,” the editor of Times Higher Education Rankings Phil Baty said.
“Strong reform and performance management measures in recent years must not be allowed to falter,” said Baty.
NTU along with National Chiao Tung University, National Tsing Hua University, National Cheng Kung University and National Sun Yat-Sen University are listed in the top 350 universities in the ranking.
According to Times Higher Education, Japan solidified its position as Asia's number one nation in the rankings, with a total of five top-200 universities, and the University of Tokyo remains Asia's number one educational institution, moving up four places to 23rd. South Korea has four top-200 institutions, while Hong Kong lost a top-200 institution (City University of Hong Kong) and now has only three representatives.
China now has two top-50 universities with Peking University climbing one place to 45th, Times Higher Education said, while Tsinghua University rose two places to joint 50th.
“The power shift from West to East is not as dramatic this year as the U.S. and the UK have both managed to arrest alarming falls at the national level,” Baty said. “But the trend is continuing. The vast majority of continental Europe's leading institutions have slipped, while those leading East Asian nations have for the most part risen yet again.”
“More Asian institutions are nipping at the heels of the best in the West, increasingly occupying world top 50 places and showing no signs of letting up,” said Baty.
According to the Times Higher Education World University Rankings, the California Institute of Technology held on to the world number one spot for the third consecutive year, while Harvard University, tied with University of Oxford, regained second place, pushing Stanford University into fourth, followed by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
The Times Higher Education World University Rankings uses 13 separate performance indicators to examine a university's strengths against all of its core missions, including teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook.