UST maintained its position as the fourth-ranked university in the Philippines according to the Quacquarelli-Symonds (QS) World University Rankings, as it advanced to the 801-850 bracket.

In the 2024 rankings released on June 28 (Philippine time), UST progressed beyond the 800-1,000 bracket, where it had remained in since 2018.

Nestor Ong, head of the UST Office of QS/THE Rankings, said the University made a “significant improvement” in the employer reputation and international faculty criteria of the QS rankings.

“The University has shown remarkable progress in these two key indicators, reflecting the University’s dedication to enhancing its global standing,” Ong told the Varsitarian.

UST remained the top Philippine university in terms of international faculty ratio, scoring 41.4 in the latest rankings.

Meanwhile, its employer reputation score jumped to 33.5 from 23.9 in 2023.

This year, the QS implemented its “largest-ever methodological enhancement” by adding three new metrics to its criteria: sustainability, employment outcomes, and international research network.

Ong said that the University must continue to work on new performance indicators like employment outcomes and international research network.

“These indicators showcase the University’s commitment to preparing students for successful careers and fostering international collaboration in research, which are increasingly valued in the competitive landscape of global rankings,” he said.

Five Philippine universities figured in the 2024 QS rankings, with the University of San Carlos joining the ranking for the first time and landing in the 1,201-1,400 bracket.

The University of the Philippines remained the top university in the country, climbing to the 404th spot globally from 412th last year.

Ateneo de Manila University, which climbed from the 651-700 bracket to 563rd, and De La Salle University, which went up from the 801-1,000 cluster to the 681-690 range, also improved in the 2024 QS rankings.

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology is still the top university worldwide among the 1,500 ranked universities, extending its streak of being ranked No. 1 to 12 years.

The National University of Singapore also maintained its spot as the best university in Asia, ranking eighth globally.

The 2024 rankings published by the QS were the 20th edition of its World University Rankings.

It assessed a university’s performance in nine areas: academic reputation, employer reputation, faculty/student ratio, citations per faculty, international faculty ratio, international students ratio, international research network, employment outcomes, and sustainability.


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