National Taiwan University’s (NTU) ranking in a global survey of university reputations has improved to reach the top 60, the British magazine Times Higher Education said on Monday.
Harvard University had the best reputation among the world’s universities for the third straight year.
The Times Higher Education’s World Reputation Rankings, a spin-off of its annual World University Rankings, are based on an invitation-only survey of thousands of senior researchers from around the world.
“This ranking is based purely on subjective judgement, but it is the expert judgement of those who know excellence in teaching and research better than anyone else — experienced, informed and engaged academics,” said Phil Baty, editor of the Times Higher Education rankings.
Baty said NTU was clearly among the world’s elite universities and described the school’s ranking as a “tremendous achievement” because any institution in the top 100 represents one of the top 0.5 percent universities in the world.
He said NTU was making good progress, adding that it was ranked in the 81-90 tier in 2011, the first year the reputation survey was published, and the 61-70 tier last year.
It is good news for Taiwan to have “an institution so well-recognized all over the world,” he said.
The top 10 schools in the survey were mostly from the US and the UK. Moreover, the top six universities have distinguished themselves from the pack and become a breakaway group of “global super-brands,” the report said.
Following Harvard University, the other five were the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the University of Cambridge, the University of Oxford, the University of California, Berkeley and Stanford University.
Rounding out the top 10 were Princeton University, the University of California, Los Angeles, the University of Tokyo and Yale University.
The University of Tokyo was the highest-ranking school among Asian universities.
Of the top 100 universities with the best reputations, 43 were from the US, nine from the UK, six from Australia and five each from Germany and Japan. Three were from Hong Kong — the University of Hong Kong (36th), Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (61-70), and Chinese University of Hong Kong (81-90) — and two were from China — Tsinghua University (35th) and Peking University (45th).
This year’s rankings were based on 16,639 responses from 144 countries. Respondents had been working at the institutions for an average of 17 years.