National Taiwan University (NTU) dropped two spots to 22nd in the QS Asian University rankings this year from the previous year, while National Chung Hsing University broke into the top 100, higher education researcher QS said as it released the list on Monday.
The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology maintained its No. 1 position in the annual poll, which QS has conducted since 2009.
QS Intelligence Unit director Ben Sowter said this year’s rankings have not changed much from last year’s, with universities in Hong Kong and Singapore continuing to post good scores.
He said that NTU sliding down two notches was not a “dramatic surprise.”
The decline was down “due to the competitiveness of other institutions rather than any inherent lost ground,” Sowter said.
Even though it fell in the Asian rankings, it is still likely to have moved up in the world rankings, which are to be released in September, he added.
National Chung Hsing University entering the ranks of the top 100 universities is a development worth noting because it shows that Taiwanese schools are developing more strength and depth, he said.
Another Taiwanese school, National Chiao Tung University, saw its standing improve dramatically from 49th to 30th, mainly due to its academic reputation and faculty-student ratio.
Six indicators were used to determine the rankings: academic reputation, reputation among employers, citations per faculty from SciVerse Scopus, faculty-student ratios, proportion of international students and proportion of international faculty.
In addition to NTU, the top five highest-ranked Taiwanese universities are National Chiao Tung University (30th, up 19 places), National Tsing Hua University (31st, unchanged from last year), National Cheng Kung University (37th, also unchanged from last year), and National Yang Ming University (45th, up five spots).
Also among the top 100 were Taipei Medical University (50th, up 14th spots), National Central University (53rd, unchanged from last year), National Taiwan University of Science and Technology (54th, unchanged from last year), National Sun Yat Sen University (63rd, down three notches), National Taiwan Normal University (85th, up two spots), Chang Gung University (93rd, down one notch) and National Chung Hsing University (95th, up 10 places).
The National University of Singapore and the University of Hong Kong shared second place on the list in this year’s survey.