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NTU climbs to No. 21 in 2014 QS Asian university rankings

LONDON -- National Taiwan University (NTU) ranked 21st in the 2014 Asian university rankings released Monday by the UK-based higher education information provider QS, remaining the country's highest-rated university in the annual survey.

A total of 12 universities from Taiwan were included in Asia's top 100 this year.

The four highest-ranked were National Taiwan University (21st, up one notch from 2013), National Chiao Tung University (29th, up one notch), National Tsing Hua University (33rd, down two notches), and National Cheng Kung University (36th, up one notch).

Following behind were Taipei Medical University (46th, up four notches), National Yang Ming University (49th, down four notches), National Taiwan University of Science and Technology (51st, up three notches), and National Central University (59th, down six notches).

Others in the top 100 were National Sun Yat Sen University (73rd, down 10 notches), National Taiwan Normal University (75th, up 10 notches), Chang Gung University (81st, up 12 notches) and National Chung Hsing University (89th, up six notches).

Responding to the results, NTU spokesman Lin Ta-de said his university will continue working hard to maintain its high standing.

Chen Chun-kan, vice president of Chang Gung University, attributed his university's dramatic improvement this year to its achievements in medical research and its enhanced reputation.

Chen said his university has devoted a great deal of effort to molecular medicine and will focus on personalized medicine in the future.

National Taiwan Normal University spokesman Lin An-pang said the rise in his university's ranking may be the result of its efforts to promote internationalization and encourage its faculty to publish their dissertations.

Across Asia, the top-rated university this year remained National University of Singapore, followed by Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology and University of Hong Kong.

Rounding out the top 10 were Seoul National University, the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Nanyang Technological University, Peking University, Pohang University of Science and Technology, and the University of Tokyo.

Six indicators were used to determine the rankings: academic reputation, reputation among employers, citations per faculty from SciVerse Scopus, faculty-student ratio, proportion of international students and proportion of international faculty.

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