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National Taiwan University moves up in university reputation survey

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National Taiwan University’s ranking in a global survey of university reputations has improved to the top 60, according to results of the survey announced by British magazine Times Higher Education.

Harvard University had the best reputation among the world’s universities for the third straight year.

The Times Higher Education World Reputation rankings, a spin-off of its annual World University Rankings, are based on an invitation-only survey of thousands of senior researchers from all over the world.

“This ranking is based purely on subjective judgment, but it is the expert judgment of those who know excellence in teaching and research better than anyone else — experienced, informed and engaged academics,” said Phil Baty, editor of the Times Higher Education rankings.

Baty told CNA that National Taiwan University (NTU) is clearly among the world’s elites and described the school’s ranking as a “tremendous achievement” because any institution in the top 100 represents one of the top 0.5 percent universities in the world.

He said NTU was making good progress, noting that it was ranked in the 81-90 tier in 2011, the first year the reputation survey was published, and the 61-70 tier in 2012.

It’s good news for Taiwan to have “an institution so well recognized all over the world,” he said.

The top 10 schools in the survey were mostly from the United States and the United Kingdom.

The survey also found the top six universities to be separating themselves from other institutions and becoming a breakaway group of “global super brands.”

Following Harvard University among these top brands were Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the University of Cambridge, the University of Oxford, the University of California, Berkeley, and Stanford University.

Rounding out the top 10 were Princeton University, the University of California, Los Angeles, the University of Tokyo and Yale University.

The University of Tokyo was the highest ranking school among Asian universities.

Of the top 100 universities with the best reputations, 43 were from the United States, nine were from the United Kingdom, six were from Australia, and five each were from Germany and Japan.

Three Universities from Hong Kong — The University of Hong Kong (36th), Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (61-70), and Chinese University of Hong Kong (81-90) — and two universities from China — Tsinghua University (35th) and Peking University (45th) — also were in the top 100.

The 2013 rankings were based on the 16,639 responses from 144 countries. Respondents had been working at their institutions academy for an average of 17 years.

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