National Taiwan University (NTU) ranked 21st in this year’s Asian university rankings released on Monday by the UK-based higher education information provider QS, cementing its position as the country’s highest-rated university in the annual survey.
Twelve local universities were included in Asia’s top 100 this year.
The highest performers were National Taiwan University (21st, up one place from last year), National Chiao Tung University (29th, up one place), National Tsing Hua University (33rd, down two places) and National Cheng Kung University (36th, up one place).
They were followed by Taipei Medical University (46th, up four places), National Yang Ming University (49th, down four places), National Taiwan University of Science and Technology (51st, up three places), and National Central University (59th, down six places).
The remaining local colleges in the top 100 were National Sun Yat Sen University (73rd, down 10 places), National Taiwan Normal University (75th, up 10 places), Chang Gung University (81st, up 12 places), and National Chung Hsing University (89th, up six places).
Chen Chun-kan, vice president of Chang Gung University, attributed his university’s dramatic improvement this year to its achievements in medical research.
The vice president said his university has invested significantly in molecular medicine with personalized medicine a future focus area.
National Taiwan Normal University spokesman Lin An-pang (林安邦) said the university’s promotion of internationalization and publishing more dissertations by the faculty could have contributed to its rise.
Across Asia, the National University of Singapore topped the rankings, followed by the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, and the University of Hong Kong.
Rounding out the top 10 were Seoul National University, the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Nanyang Technological University, Peking University, Pohang University of Science and Technology, and the University of Tokyo.
The six ranking criteria were academic reputation, reputation among employers, citations per faculty from leading database SciVerse Scopus, faculty-student ratio, proportion of international students and proportion of international faculty members.