14 Philippine universities among world’s best in QS 2021 ranking

Marje Pelayo   •   November 26, 2020   •   1523

MANILA, Philippines — Some Philippine universities joined the list of Asia’s best higher education institutions (HEIs) based on the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings: Asia 2021 released on Wednesday (November 25).

The Commission on Higher Education (CHED) commends the following Philippine universities for making it to this year’s edition of the QS World University Rankings for Asia :

  • University of the Philippines (69)
  • Ateneo de Manila University (135)
  • De La Salle University (166)
  • University of Santo Tomas (186)
  • University of San Carlos (451-500)
  • Ateneo de Davao University (501-550)
  • Mapua University (501-550)
  • Silliman University (501-550)
  • Mindanao State University – Iligan Institute of Technology (551-600)
  • Adamson University (601+)
  • Central Luzon State University (601+)
  • Central Mindanao University (601+)
  • Central Philippine University (601+)
  • Xavier University (601+)

CHED said this is by far ‘the largest increase of ranked Philippine universities’ with the successful entry of seven more HEIs to this year’s ranking.

First timers in the list are Ateneo De Davao University (ADDU), Mindanao State University-Iligan Institute of Technology (MSU-IIT), Adamson University, Central Luzon State University (CLSU), Central Mindanao University (CMU), Central Philippine University (CPU) and Xavier University (XU).

CHED Chairperson Prospero de Vera attributed this improvement in rankings to the government’s “internationalization of Philippine HEIs.”

“It is a key component of our efforts to improve access to quality education,” said Chairperson Prospero de Vera of the Commission on Higher Education (CHED).

“The recognition given to the additional HEIs as among the best in Asia is welcome news to show that our efforts to provide access to quality education are bearing fruit,” he added.

Aside from this achievement, De Vera said seven SUCs have obtained a 3-star rating in the QS ranking.

They are the West Visayas State University (WVSU), Visayas State University (VSU), Mariano Marcos State University (MMSU), Cebu Technological University (CU), Batangas State University (BatSU), Benguet State University (BSU), and Cagayan State University (CSU).

De Vera said these SUCs are now aware of the improvements that they need to be internationally ranked. 

“With the proper financial support and diligence, CHED expects that these SUCs will soon join the QS Asian rankings,” he concluded.

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