UST RANKED 162nd in the latest Asian university ranking of the London-based Quacquarelli-Symonds (QS), slipping with three other Philippine universities in the ranking amid the difficult K to 12 transition.

The 2019 overall score of UST stood at 33.6, down from 37.6 in the 2018 listing, where the University placed 145th.


State-run University of the Philippines remained the top Philippine university in the QS Asian ranking, rising to 72nd place in 2019 from 75th in 2018.

Ateneo de Manila broke its three-year uptrend as it dropped to the 115th spot in 2019 from 95th in 2018. De La Salle University slipped to the 155th spot from 134th.

The University of San Carlos in Cebu retained its spot within the 301 to 350 range. Silliman University dropped to the 451 to 500 bracket in the 2019 list from 351 to 400 in 2018.

Mapua University and Mindanao State University-Iligan Institute of Technology joined this year’s list, figuring in the 401 to 450 and 451 to 500 brackets, respectively.

The University received a five-star rating in terms of social responsibility, facilities, employability and inclusiveness, for an overall rating of four stars.

UST, Mapua University and Lyceum of the Philippines University (LPU) were the only universities from the country with QS star ratings. Mapua University and LPU both received an overall three stars.

The National University of Singapore reclaimed its spot as the top university in the Asian ranking.

Nearly 500 universities were ranked from 17 countries in Asia. Hong Kong and China had the most schools in the top 10.

The QS ranking was based on universities’ academic reputation (30 percent), employer reputation (20 percent), faculty-student ratio (15 percent), citations per paper (10 percent), papers per faculty (10 percent), staff with doctorate degrees (5 percent), international faculty (2.5 percent), international students (2.5 percent), inbound exchange students (2.5 percent) and outbound exchange students (2.5 percent).


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