11 June 2013, 7:12 p.m. – UST ranked 150th in the latest listing of top Asian universities and topped other Philippine schools in two out of nine indicators, data from the British consultancy Quacquarelli-Symonds showed.

With a score of 39.90, the University trailed state-run University of the Philippines (UP), which improved a notch to No. 67 (58.70 points); and Ateneo de Manila which plummeted to No. 109 (46.90) from last year’s No. 89. De La Salle University dropped to the 151-160 bracket from No. 142 last year.

UST’s latest ranking was down two notches from 2012, its lowest standing in five years. It tied with South Korea’s Yeungnam University at the 150th spot.

Davao-based University of Southeastern Philippines dropped to the 251-300 bracket from last year’s 201+.

In the indicator rankings, UST continued to top Philippine universities in terms of citations per paper, but slipped to seventh place from fourth in 2012. UP improved to 84th place while Ateneo and La Salle ranked 147th and 179th, respectively.

In academic reputation, UST also improved to 107th from last year’s 124th, placing behind UP and Ateneo, which stood at 41st and 63rd, respectively. La Salle plunged to 253rd from 79th.

This year, Philippine universities figured in the papers per faculty criterion. La Salle placed 190th, followed by UP and Ateneo at 201st and 202nd. UST ranked 299th.

In the employment reputation indicator, UST went up nine notches to No. 77 and placed behind UP and Ateneo, which dropped to No. 31 and No. 45, respectively. In 2012, UP stood at 29th place while Ateneo ranked 43rd. La Salle plunged to 259th from 40th place.

In the international faculty criteria, UST also led Philippine universities at No. 59 from last year’s No. 92. UP stood at 65th, Ateneo at 122nd, and La Salle at 164th.

UST landed on No. 190 in the faculty-student ratio criteria after failing to secure a spot in the category last year. UP, Ateneo, and La Salle improved to 127th, 142nd, and 186th places, respectively.

In student inbound exchange, UST slipped to 299th from 201st last year when the criteria was first introduced. Ateneo ranked 33rd, followed by UP at 67th and La Salle at 156th. The University went up to 157th from 201st in student outbound exchange, trailing behind UP at 68th, Ateneo at 99th, and La Salle at 143rd.

UST also declined in the international students indicator, ranking 299th this year from No. 139 in 2012. UP led Philippine universities in the category, ranking at No. 53.

The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology remains the top Asian university, with a perfect score of 100. Nikka Lavinia G. Valenzuela


  1. i am sure ust is much better than that ranking. madami pa silang criteria na kulang ust should increase international awareness of its achievements with regular info drive or campaign. i believe that the ranking does not justify and reflect the true value of the pontifical university.


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