The global ranking of National Taiwan University (NTU) has fallen eight notches to 142nd in the latest assessment by the Times Higher Education magazine, published on Wednesday.
NTU is the only institution in Taiwan to make the top 200 list.
Universities ranking lower than 200 are presented within ranges.
National Chiao Tung University is rated 251-275, the same as last year, while National Tsing Hua University is down to 251-275 from 226-250 the previous year.
National Cheng Kung University and National Sun Yat-sen University remain in the 301-350 cut. National Central University, National Taiwan University of Science and Technology and Central Medical University Taiwan are in the 351-400 bracket.
Elizabeth Gibney, a science and research reporter for the magazine, said Taiwan’s showing is positive given that it has eight universities on the list, despite its relatively small population.
NTU’s performance this year is a warning that it must continue to work hard to keep up, she said.
The top five institutions this year in order are the California Institute of Technology, Harvard University, Oxford University, Stanford University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
The University of Tokyo, up to 23rd from 27th, is Asia’s best-performing institution. National University of Singapore is 26th.
Five main categories are used as indictors: teaching, research, citations, international outlook and industry income — the ability to reinforce industry with innovation.