Top Universities in Asia

Quacquarelli Symmonds Intelligence Unit (QSIU), an international research group, released its listing of world's top academic institutions for 2011. The ranking of world's best universities is determined through these primary indicators: RESEARCH INTENSITY and ACADEMIC REPUTATION

Academic Reputation from global survey - 30%
Research paper per faculty - 30%
Faculty-student ratio - 20%
Employer reputation from global survey - 10%
Proportion of international faculty and students - 10%

Among the top 400 universities in the world, only five universities managed to come up a perfect score of 100 on each area.

University of Cambridge (United Kingdom)
Harvard University (United States)
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (United States)
Yale University (United States)
University of Oxford (United Kingdom)

QSIU also released the listing of Asia's top universities for 2011.


1. The Hongkong University of Science and Technology - Hongkong
2. National University of Singapore - Singapore
3. University of Hongkong - Hongkong
4. Seoul National University - South Korea
5. The Chinese University of Hongkong - Hongkong
6. Peking University - China
7. Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology - South Korea
8. The University of Tokyo - Japan
9. Pohang University of Science and Technology - South Korea
10. Kyoto University - Japan

In Asia, People's Republic of China, South Korea, Japan and Singapore have the most universities included in the world's ranking of best universities. 

Philippines has five universities included in the list of Asia's 300 best academic institutions, four in the National Capital Region and one in Davao City, Mindanao. 

University of the Philippines-Diliman ranked 68th and Ateneo de Manila University ranked 86th, De La Salle University and University of Sto.Tomas ranked 142nd and 148th respectively while Davao City's University of Southern Philippines managed to make it to the list as Asia's 251st best university.

In the world listing, UP-Diliman ranked 332nd with a score of 53.0 for its academic reputation and its research intensity is moderate. Ateneo de Manila University ranked 360th with an academic reputation score of 41.4 and research intensity is limited.

The Hongkong University of Science and Technology (HKUST)

This university, which is located at Clear Water Bay Kowloon, Hongkong, opened its doors to students only in 1991, six years before Great Britain turned over the administration of Hongkong to China. 

The university goal is simple: create, don't replicate.

In the world listing, HKUST ranked 22nd as the best university with a score of 98.9 in academic reputation. Its research intensity is very high just like Cambridge and Harvard.

What made HKUST number one in Asia is its devotion to education and research with state-of-the-art laboratories. The university comprises of five colleges: Business and Management, Engineering, Humanities, Sciences, one graduate school in Guangzhou, research centers and institutes. It has world-class international faculty members with Ph.D degrees.

For more information about HKUST, visit its official website HERE


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