UST HAS kept its spot in the latest Quacquarelli-Symonds (QS) world university rankings, holding on to the 701+ bracket while three other Philippine universities slid in the annual listing.

The University of the Philippines (UP) remained the country’s top university despite slipping to the 401-410 bracket from last year’s 367th place. Ateneo de Manila University also went down to the 501-550 bracket from the 461-470 bracket last year.

De La Salle University joined UST in the 701+ bracket, after figuring in the 651-700 bracket last year.

In the subject rankings, Ateneo and UP secured spots in the 101-150 bracket in English Language and Literature, while La Salle placed in the 151-200 bracket. UST has failed to get a spot in the subject area after landing in the 101-150 bracket in 2011.

State-run UP was the only Philippine university to rank in Modern Languages (151-200 bracket), Agriculture (151-200 bracket), Medicine (251-300 bracket), Development Studies (51-100 bracket), Politics and International Studies (151-200 bracket) and Communication and Media Studies (151-200 bracket).

In Sociology, UP and Ateneo placed in the 151-200 and 101-150 brackets respectively.

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology continued to dominate the world rankings, after being named the top university worldwide with a perfect score of 100 for the fourth consecutive time since 2012.

Meanwhile, the National University of Singapore remained the top university in Asia, improving its rank to 12th place from last year’s 22nd.

The highest ranking for UST in the QS survey came in 2008, when it landed in the 401-500 bracket. The survey started in 2004.

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This year, a total of 891 institutions were ranked by the London-based QS consultancy, with more than 76,700 academics and 44,200 employers surveyed and more than 3,500 institutions considered.

The QS rankings are based on five criteria, namely: academic reputation (40 percent), employer reputation (10 percent), faculty to student ratio (20 percent), citations per faculty (20 percent), international faculty ratio (5 percent) and international student ratio (5 percent). Dayanara T. Cudal


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