Thirteen universities from Taiwan have been listed among the top 100 in the Asia University Rankings released on Wednesday by Times Higher Education magazine, with National Taiwan University ranked highest, at 14th.
However, that represented a decline from last year, when 17 Taiwanese universities made the list.
Based on the number of universities included, Taiwan is ranked fourth, after Japan, China and South Korea, which have 20, 18 and 14 universities listed respectively.
The five highest-ranked from Taiwan are National Taiwan University (14th, unchanged from last year), National Chiao Tung University (34th, down two notches), National Tsing Hua University (38th, down 11 notches), National Cheng Kung University (44th, up three notches) and National Sun Yat-sen University (46th, unchanged).
Following behind are National Taiwan University of Science and Technology (52nd, unchanged), National Central University (54th, unchanged), China Medical University Taiwan (57th, up 12 notches), National Taiwan Normal University (70th, down two notches) and Asia University (83rd, first time on the list).
Others in the top 100 are Yuan Ze University (91st, down 20 notches), National Yang-Ming University (93rd, down four notches) and Chung Yuan Christian University (97th, down 25 notches). The four universities that dropped off the top 100 list are National Taiwan Ocean University, National Chung Cheng University, National Chung Hsing University, Feng Chia University and National Taipei University of Technology.
Times Higher Education Rankings editor Phil Baty said the results reflect rapid improvements made by other Asian countries and intense competition among higher education institutions in the region.
To enhance their competitiveness, Baty said Taiwan universities should follow the examples of their counterparts in China and South Korea and seek corporate sponsorship, instead of relying on the government for funding.
The performance of the universities was measured using 13 indicators in five main categories — teaching, research, citations, international outlook and industry income, which refers to a university’s ability to reinforce industry with innovation.
The top five institutions in Asia are the University of Tokyo, National University of Singapore, University of Hong Kong, Seoul National University and Peking University, in that order.