BANGKOK – The US News and World Report has released this years University Ranks and Asia has only 63 high ranked universities and Thailand only had one, according to the recent report.
The list ranks 500 universities out of which the highest numbers of high ranked universities are in the US with 134 universities.
The rankings take into account schools’ research performance, as well as their ratings by members of the academic community around the world and in Asia.
China leads the region with 26 universities that figure in the list of high ranked universities. The country has been making a steady progress in the education sector with “improvements in research productivity, reflecting sustained high levels of public and private investment”. Peking University and Tsinghua University are in the list.
Japan has 17 high ranked universities with Kyoto University and Tokyo University leading in the score. The country although second in terms of ranked universities in Asia has seen a downfall in the global rankings. Critics owe it to the poor allocation of funds for education and blame the government for not increasing the spending on education.
South Korea is known for its innovation and tech driven education. The country has 11 high ranked universities. Seoul National University is among the top in the list.
India has 4 universities which are ranked high globally. University of Delhi has made it to the cut while Jawaharlal Nehru University has lost the spot in the list. The regulatory system is the country has been termed as stifling since the government spending on education has been dismal over many years.
Singapore has two universities in the list of high ranked universities. National University of Singapore and Nanyang Technological University are on the list.
Malaysia, Thailand and Pakistan have one university each that figures in the list.
The Asian countries with no high ranked universities are Nepal, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Laos, Cambodia, Brunei, Philippines, Indonesia and Mongolia.
Asia News Network