THE UNIVERSITY slid in the Quacquarelli-Symonds (QS) worldwide university rankings, after clinging to the 701+ bracket for four consecutive years.
UST is now in the 801-1000 bracket, placing fourth out of the four Philippine universities on the list.
State-run University of the Philippines (UP) still leads Philippine universities, rising to 367th from last year’s 374th rank.
UP is the only school in the Philippines that ranked in the top 400 universities in the world.
Ateneo de Manila slipped to the 551-600 bracket from 501-550, while De La Salle University remained in the 701-750 bracket.
“Notably, all Filipinos universities rise in the employer reputation indicator, with University of the Philippines now ranking 191st globally in this important indicator,” said Ben Sowter, head of the QS Intelligence Unit, in a statement.
UST is still the only university in the country accredited by QS with a four-star rating.
According to the QS Top Universities website, a university with a four-star rating is “highly international, demonstrating excellence in both research and teaching, and provides an excellent environment for students and faculty.”
The University recorded a perfect five-star rating in employability, facilities, social responsibility and inclusiveness.
For the sixth consecutive year, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology was named the best university in the world, followed by fellow American institutions Stanford University and Harvard University.
Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University is the leading Asian university, ranking 11th, an improvement from last year’s 12th place.
The QS world rankings are based on six factors: academic reputation (40 percent), employer reputation (10 percent), faculty/student ratio (20 percent), citations per faculty (20 percent), international faculty ratio (five percent) and international student ratio (five percent).
EDITOR’S NOTE: This article was first published with the headline “UST slips in 2017 QS world rankings, maintains 4-star rating.” The rankings on this article were actually the 2018 world university rankings. We have corrected this error.