Only 13 Taiwanese universities among Asia’s top 100

Only 13 Taiwanese universities among Asia’s top 100



Thirteen universities from Taiwan have been listed among the top 100 in the Asia University Rankings released Wednesday by the Times Higher Education magazine, with National Taiwan University ranked highest at 14th.

Compared with last year, when 17 Taiwan universities made the list, the latest results represent a decline.

Based on the number of universities included, Taiwan is ranked fourth after Japan with 20, China with 18 and South Korea with 14.

The five highest-ranked universities from Taiwan are National Taiwan University, in 14th place, unchanged from 2013, National Chiao Tung University in 34th place, down two notches from last year’s ranking, National Tsing Hua University in 38th place, down 11 notches, National Cheng Kung University in 44th place, up three places, and National Sun Yat-sen University in 46th place, the same as its ranking last year.

National Taiwan University of Science and Technology, was unchanged in the No. 52 spot, as was National Central University, in 54th place, China Medical University Taiwan rose 12 places to the 57th spot, National Taiwan Normal University fell two spots into 70th place and Asia University, made its debut on the list in 83rd place.

Others in the top 100 were Yuan Ze University, down 20 spots in 91st place, National Yang-Ming University down four notches to 93rd place and Chung Yuan Christian University, down 25 notches No. 97.

Four universities that dropped off the top 100 list are National Taiwan Ocean University, National Chung Cheng University, National Chung Hsing University, Feng Chia University and National Taipei University of Technology.

Phil Baty, editor of the Times Higher Education Rankings, said the results reflect rapid improvements made by other Asian countries and intense competition among higher educational institutions in the region.

To enhance their competitiveness, Baty suggested, Taiwan universities should follow the examples of their counterparts in China and South Korea and seek corporate sponsorship instead of relying on the government for funding.

The performance of the universities was measured using 13 indicators in five main categories–teaching, research, citations, international outlook and industry income, which refers to a university’s ability to reinforce industry with innovation.

The top five institutions in Asia are University of Tokyo, National University of Singapore, the University of Hong Kong, Seoul National University and Peking University, in that order.



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