Nine Taiwanese universities made a list of the world’s top 500 that was released by the Center for World-Class Universities (CWCU) in Shanghai.
The rankings, compiled annually by the center since 2003, are based on each school’s number of Nobel Prize winners and Fields Medalists among alumni, the number of cited papers and the number of papers published by the journals Nature and Science.
National Taiwan University (NTU) was ranked in the top 151 to 200; National Tsing Hua University in Hsinchu in the group of the top 201 to 300; National Cheng Kung, National Chiao Tung in Hsinchu, and Chang Gung University the top 301 to 400; China Medical University, National Yang Ming University, National Central University and National Sun Yat-sen University in Kaohsiung in the 401 to 500 group.
In the medical field, CGU and CMU were ranked as being among the world’s top 101 to 150, and NTU in the top 151 to 200.
For electrical engineering, NTU took number 26; NCKU, NCTU and NTHU between 51 and 75; National Taiwan University of Science and Technology between 76 to 100; and NSYSU in the top 101 to 150.
For fundamental sciences, NTU was in the 76 to 100 group; and NTHU in 101 to 150. In bio-industrial mechatronics, NTU was among the top 200.
University rankings released in May by Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) listed the education discipline of National Taiwan Normal University is in the world’s top 50. QS uses criteria such as the number of academic papers cited, evaluations of the graduates employed and academic reputation.
Based on the test results of the college entrance exams released by the Distribution Committee this year, NTU is still the top choice among test-takers.
Yesterday’s ranking by the CWCU put most of the top universities as being located in the U.S. and UK. Harvard University has been at the top for 11 consecutive years. From the second to 10th are Stanford, Berkeley, MIT, Cambridge, Cal Tech, Princeton, Columbia, Chicago and Oxford University.
However, the rankings have drawn criticism, including claims that it is biased against the humanities, success in which is difficult to measure. It has also been attacked for and .it does not show the quality of teaching. The rankings have also been accused of placing too high a premium on English-language academic institutions, as most indicators set English as their main language for publication.
Unlike the U.S. and the UK, private universities in Taiwan have lower rankings compared to those which are publicly funded. Without subsidies from the Ministry of Education, private schools face a tough future staying afloat.