The Quacquarelli Symonds’ (QS), a British company specializing in the analysis of higher education institutions around the world, released its latest university rankings on Wednesday, November 26.
Out of the 634 universities listed as among the best in Asia, 14 are from the Philippines, including the three major universities in Northern Mindanao – Mindanao State University – Iligan Institute of Technology (MSU-IIT), Central Mindanao University (CMU), and Xavier University (XU).
In a statement, Commission on Higher Education Chair Prospero de Vera III said MSU-IIT ranked 551-600, while CMU and XU placed at 601+.
Meanwhile, the University of the Philippines still ranked first among the 14 Philippine institutions, after climbing to 69th place – up to three notches from the previous year.
Ateneo de Manila University followed behind at 135th place; the De La Salle University at 166th; and the University of Santo Tomas at 186th. All three slid down the rankings from their last year’s spots.
The University of San Carlos also dropped to the 451-550 bracket, previously from 351-400.
Joining the 501-550 bracket are Ateneo de Davao University, which was not included last year; Mapua University; and Silliman University.
Finally, joining CMU and XU in the top 600+ universities are Adamson University, Central Luzon State University, and Central Philippine University, which were all also not part of the previous rankings.
Last year’s list for Asia, only seven universities from the country were included.
De Vera attributed this positive development to the “internationalization of Philippine higher education institutions (HEIs),” which he noted has been a key strategy of the current government.
“The recognition given to the additional HEIs as among the best in Asia is welcome news to show that our efforts to provide access to quality education are bearing fruit,” De Vera said.
He added that CHED has continuously assisted HEIs through various international programs and is hopeful that such initiatives will further boost the nation’s higher education sector and “cultivate world-class Philippine universities.”