Taiwan falls in the Times' Asia University Rankings
By Joy Lee, The China Post
June 19, 2014, 7:52 pm TWN
TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Taiwan fell from second to fourth as the nation with the most representatives in the top-100 institutions as listed by the Times Higher Education Asia University Rankings 2014, published yesterday.
According to the rankings, Taiwan has 13 top-100 institutions, led by the National Taiwan University (14th) this year.. However, Taiwan has lost four institutions from the list, including Feng Chia University (98th in 2013) and National Taipei University of Technology (100th).
Phil Baty, editor of the Times Higher Education Rankings, said that Taiwan has invested heavily in 12 leading universities under its Aim for the Top program, and this has helped put it in a powerful regional position.
However Baty said that mounting competition has led to it losing key institutions from the top 100 this year, and others remain perilously close to the precipice. Taiwan has fallen from second in the rankings to fourth and there is a risk it will fall further. It must take steps to arrest a damaging downward spiral, he said.
Baty said that the scale and speed of Asia's development in higher education and research is staggering, and this prestigious ranking provides invaluable insights into the exciting (and rapidly changing) dynamics of the region's top universities.
According to Baty, many Asian institutions are making strong progress in the World University Rankings, but the global list remains dominated by North America and Western Europe — for now, at least. This new table offers us a clearer picture of the Asian institutions poised to mount a serious challenge to the traditional Western elite.
Based on the rankings, National Chiao Tung University fell from 32nd to 34th this year and National Tsing Hua University suffered from greater disappointment after dropping from 27th to 38th in this year's rankings.
Meanwhile, Asia University was not ranked in 2013's rankings, but it successfully made its way into the top-100 institutions by taking the 83rd spot this year.
University of Tokyo continued to occupy the number one spot in this year's rankings, followed by National University of Singapore and the University of Hong Kong. Seoul National University soared from the eighth to the fourth in this year's rankings. Peking University, which is the leading institute of China, came in the fifth place this year.