Ateneo de Manila Unversity

Quacquarelli Symonds or QS is the world's largest education network specializing in the analysis of  performances of colleges and universities across the globe. It is the most widely viewed university ranking in the world.

It is also regarded as one of the three most influential university rankings in the world along with Times Higher Education World University Rankings (THEWUR) and Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU). 

Its main headquarter is in London, England. 

According to Quacquarelli Symonds' website:

The QS World University Ranking (QSWUR) continue to enjoy a remarkably consistent methodological framework in evaluating schools worldwide using six metrics that they believed can effectively capture the university performance.

Thus, universities continue to be evaluated according to the following six metrics:

1. Academic Reputation
2. Employer Reputation
3. Faculty/Student Ratio
4. Citations Per Faculty
5. International Faculty Ratio
6. International Student Ratio
Academic Reputation (40%) - Based on internal global academic survey, asking top academicians across the globe which among the top universities have excelled in their special fields. It collates the expert opinions of over 94,000 individuals in the higher education space regarding teaching and research quality at the world’s universities. In doing so, it has grown to become the world’s largest survey of academic opinion, and, in terms of size and scope, is an unparalleled means of measuring sentiment in the academic community.

Faculty Student Ratio (20%) - A measurement of teacher's commitment. Teaching quality is typically cited by students as the metric of highest importance to them when comparing institutions using a ranking. It is notoriously difficult to measure, but we have determined that measuring teacher/student ratios is the most effective proxy metric for teaching quality. It assesses the extent to which institutions are able to provide students with meaningful access to lecturers and tutors, and recognizes that a high number of faculty members per student will reduce the teaching burden on each individual academic.

Citation Per Faculty (20%) - A measurement of research impact. The concentration on this factor is on the research output of professors and the total number of citations is divided by the number of academics in a university to come up the score. Teaching is one key pillar of an institution’s mission. Another is research output. We measure institutional research quality using our Citations per Faculty metric. To calculate it, we the total number of citations received by all papers produced by an institution across a five-year period by the number of faculty members at that institution.

Employer Reputation (10%) - Based on a survey on graduate employers. This area of ranking is almost similar to Academic Peer Review except that participants are company recruiters who hire graduates on a global scale.

International Student Ratio (5%) - a measurement in the diversity of student community. A highly international university acquires and confers a number of advantages. It demonstrates an ability to attract faculty and students from across the world, which in turn suggests that it possesses a strong international brand. It implies a highly global outlook: essentially for institutions operating in an internationalised higher education sector. It also provides both students and staff alike with a multinational environment, facilitating exchange of best practices and beliefs. In doing so, it provides students with international sympathies and global awareness: soft skills increasingly valuable to employers. Both of these metrics are worth 5% of the overall total.

International Staff Ratio (5%) - a measurement in the diversity of academic staff. An evaluation how diverse the faculty staff of the university is. 

Difference between the three Most Influential University Ranking

While Times Higher Education World University Ranking used 13 factors in its evaluation with more emphasis on Citation per Faculty, and Academic Rankings for World Universities emphasized heavily on the school's recipients of Nobel Prize, QSWUR covers the general areas of school's performances where Academic reputation has given more emphasis, thus, it is considered as the most widely viewed ranking among the three. 

MIT is world's best school in QSWUR


University of Oxford in England is Europe's best

For eight consecutive years in a row, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) remains the world's number one in the global ranking. Followed by Stanford University. In Europe, University of Oxford and University of Cambridge, both in England, are the standouts in the ranking. 

In Asia, two of Singapore's public universities ranked among world's best, 11th and 12th spots belonged to Nanyang Technology University and National University of Singapore, surpassing three Ivy League of Schools in the United States, Princeton University (#13), Cornell University (#14) and Yale University (#16)
Nanyang Technological University in Singapore is Asia's best 

The following colleges and universities are among the best in Southeast Asia. Global ranking is in parenthesis.

1. Nanyang Technology University (#11) - NTU is the second oldest and largest public university in Singapore. It has 33,500 students and 10,000 faculty and staff.

2. National University of Singapore (#12) - National University of Singapore is a public research university and Singapore's oldest university founded in 1905. It surpassed three Ivy League Schools in the United States in the overall global ranking, Princeton University (#13), Cornell University (#14) and Yale University (#17).

3. University of Putra Malaysia (#159) - Recognized as Malaysia's leading research university, founded in 1931, it is formally known as Universiti Pertanian Malaysia or College of Agriculture Malaya. It is located in Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia.

4. University of Indonesia (#296)  -Founded in 1921, it is a public university in Indonesia and often considered as the country's most prestigious school. It has two campuses: Salemba, Jakarta and Depok in West Java. It also ranked 57th overall in Asia.

5. University of the Philippines Diliman (#356) - Also known as UP Diliman, it is a state university in the Philippines located along Katipunan in Quezon City, Philippines. Established in 1949, UP Diliman is the flagship campus and seat of administration of the University of the Philippines System. Its nickname is "Fighting Maroons".

6. Universiti of Teknologi Brunei (#379) - A science and technology school in Brunei specializing in engineering, business and computer. It is a national university in the Sultanate of Brunei established in 1986. 

7. Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS (#482) - This is one of the newly established universities in Asia that has quickly becoming world's best school. Only founded in 1997, UTP is now one of the leading research universities in Southeast Asia. It is a private university located in Seri Iskandar, Perak, just a two-hour drive from Malaysia's capital, Kuala Lumpur.

8. Universiti Utara Malaysia (#591-600) - Located in Sintok, Kedah, a state of Malaysia located on the northwestern part of the country. Universiti Utara is known as a management university specializing in business and finance. It was founded in 1984.

9. Ateneo de Manila University (#601-650) - A private Catholic research university in the Philippines founded in 1859 by the Society of Jesus missionaries, it has grown from a small publicly-funded school by the Spanish colonial elites to internationally recognized teaching and research university. It is located in Katipunan, Quezon City, Philippines, just a stone away from UP Diliman. Its nickname is "Blue Eagles".

10. Bogor Agricultural University (#601-650) - also known as Institut Pertanian Bogor or IPB, it is a state-run agricultural university in Bogor, a West Java province in Indonesia. It was founded in 1963. It is specializing in agriculture, animal science, fisheries and forestry fields.

Full list of Top 20 in Southeast Asia in QS World University Ranking. The bracket is where their standing is categorized and ranked.

11. Chiang Mai University (#601-650) - Chiang Mai, Thailand
12. International Islamic University of Malaysia (#651-700) - Selangor, Malaysia
13. Universiti Teknologi MARA Shah Alam (#701-750) - Selangor, Malaysia
14. Universiti Malaysia Perlis (#701-750) - Selangor, Malaysua
15. Vietnam National University (#701-750) - Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
16. Universitas Padjadjaran (#751-800) - Bandung, Indonesia
17. National University of Malaysia (#751-800) - Selangor, Malaysia
18. Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (#801-1000) - Dhaka, Bangladesh
19. Bina Nusantara University (#801-1000) - Jakarta, Indonesia (also known as BINUS University
20. De La Salle University #751-800) - Manila, Philippines 

Overall Global Ranking:

1. Massachusetts Institute of Technology - Cambridge, Massachusetts. Consistent for eight consecutive years now.
2. Stanford University - Stanford, California, USA. Ranked second since 2016.
3. Harvard University - Cambridge, Massachusetts. Third since 2016
4. University of Oxford - Oxford, England, Fourth since 2019 
5. California Institute of Technology-Pasadena, California.
6. Swiss Federal Institute of Technology - Zurich, Switzerland
7. University of Cambridge - Cambridge, England
8. University College London - London,  England 
9. Imperial College London - London,  England 
10. University of Chicago - Illinois l,  Chicago 

Best in ASIA and its world ranking in parenthesis

1. Nanyang Technology University (#11)- Singapore
2. National University of Singapore (#12) - Singapore
3. Tsinghua University (#17) - Beijing, China
4. Peking University (22) - Beijing, China
5. The University of Tokyo (#22) - Tokyo, Japan
6. The University of Hongkong (#25) - Hongkong
7. Hongkong University of Science and Technology (#32)
8. Kyoto University (#33) - Kyoto, Japan
9/ Seoul National University (#37) - Seoul, South Korea
10. Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (#41) - Seoul, South Korea

For Full List of World University Ranking, go to TOP UNIVERSITIES OF QSWUR

Source: QS website

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