National Taiwan University saw its standing improve one place to 20th from the year before in the 2012 Asian university rankings released by higher education information provider QS. Hong Kong University of Science and Technology maintained its No. 1 position, according to the annual survey, which QS has conducted since 2009.
Ben Sowter, head of the QS Intelligence Unit, said that of the 31 Taiwanese universities that made into the top 300, 21 had moved up in the rankings. “Taiwan is presenting a good picture,” he said.
The highest-rated Taiwanese universities were National Taiwan University (20th), National Tsing Hua University (31st, unchanged from last year) and National Cheng Kung University (37th, down five notches). The National University of Singapore and the University of Hong Kong ranked second and third.
Following the top three Taiwanese universities listed were: National Chiao Tung University (49th, up three places), National Yang Ming University (50th, down 10 places), National Central University (53rd, six spots up), National Taiwan University of Science and Technology (54th, up eight spots) and Sun Yat-sen University (60th, up 10 places).
Rounding out the top 10 Asian universities were Seoul National University, the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Peking University, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, the University of Tokyo, Pohang University of Science and Technology and Kyoto University.
Six indicators were used to determine the rankings: academic reputation, employer reputation, citations per faculty from SciVerse Scopus, faculty-student ratio, proportion of international students and proportion of international faculty.
Others in the top 100 were Taipei Medical University (64th, up 25 notches), National Taiwan Normal University (87th, up from 104th) and Chang Gung University (92nd, down three notches).