By REDEN D. MADRID
SIX GRADUATE programs in UST made it to the 2011 list of top master’s programs in the world by a French rating agency.
The recognition, given by Paris-based Eduniversal International Scientific Committee, was based on an 18-month study of 12,000 master of arts (MA), master of sciences (MS), masters, and master in business administration (MBA) programs in the world’s top 1,000 business schools and universities.
Eduniversal picked a total of 4,000 master’s programs in 30 topics.
In the communications topic, UST’s MA in Communication landed on 10th place for the Far East Asian region, while the same program of the University of the Philippines (UP)-Diliman settled at 17th. De La Salle University’s master of marketing communication, meanwhile, placed 21st.
A total of 30 universities in Far East Asia entered the top 200 universities for the Communications topic. The Information Technology and Media MBA of Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology topped the list for Far East Asia.
For the top master’s programs in engineering and project management, the University’s MS in Management Engineering placed 39th and was the only Philippine school to enter the top 40 in Far East Asia.
In the Entrepreneurship category, UST’s MBA in Entrepreneurship program placed 99th out of 100, while the Asian Institute of Management program in master in development management ranked 64th. Cornell University was the top school in the category for its MBA- entrepreneurship and private equity program.
UST’s MA in Economics also landed 14th out of 30 in Far East Asia. The Master in Development Economics of UP placed 30th. Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Fudan Univeristy (China), and Shanghai Jiao Tong University (China) placed first, second, and third, respectively, in the economics category.
Meanwhile, the University’s MS in Human Relations Management ranked 14th in Far East Asia for the Human Resources Management topic. La Salle’s MS in industrial relations management placed 15th, while UP’s master of industrial relations placed 10th. There were 20 schools from Far East Asia, 40 from North America, and 50 from Western Europe.
In the Public Administration/Management topic, the University’s Master of Public Administration, together with the same program of UP, were able to enter the top 200 list, at 17th and 20th, respectively, out of 40 qualified universities in Far East Asia. China’s Tsinghua University and Fudan University, and Singapore’s National University of Singapore landed on the top three places.
Three criteria were used for the ranking: (1) the programs’ reputation, (2) the salary of the first employment of graduates, taking into account the differences between countries and (3) students’ satisfaction—based on emailed surveys to recent graduates regarding their satisfaction with their completed programs.
The survey, which started in 2009, covered 153 countries in nine geographical world regions: Africa, Central Asia, Eastern Europe, Western Europe, Eurasia and Middle East, Oceania, Northern America, Latin America, and Far East Asia. The Philippines is grouped with Brunei, Cambodia, China, Guam, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Macau, Malaysia, Mongolia, Eastern Russia, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam.
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