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Taiwanese schools disappearing from the Asian rankings

Staff writer

The number of Taiwanese universities in Asia’s top 100 continues to decline, with only 11 appearing in this year’s list, down from 13 last year and 17 in 2013, according to the latest Asia University Rankings released by Times Higher Education magazine.

The five highest-ranked Taiwanese schools are National Taiwan University (17th, down three places), National Tsing Hua University (34th, up four places), National Chiao Tung University (36th, down two places), National Cheng Kung University (49th, down five places) and National Taiwan University of Science and Technology (52nd, unchanged).

“It is cause for concern that Taiwanese institutions continue to drop out of the Asian top 100, with those that remain losing ground,” Times Higher Education editor Phil Baty said. “Although Taiwan still has 11 institutions listed, it has lost six representatives since the rankings began in 2013.”

“In 2006, Taiwan launched a project to pump US$3.3 billion of public money into 12 of its universities over 10 years, but as competition intensifies this may not be enough. Asia is full of exciting institutions beginning to overtake the traditional Western elite — Taiwan cannot afford to get left behind,” Baty said.

The performance of the schools was measured using 13 indicators in categories that include teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook.

The top five universities in Asia are the University of Tokyo, the National University of Singapore, the University of Hong Kong, Peking University and Tsinghua University, according to the list.

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