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Ten universities among top 100

LEAPS AND BOUNDS:National Taiwan University of Science and Technology climbed 34 positions after the magazine changed its weighting system to make it ‘fairer’

By Sean Lin  /  Staff reporter

The number of Taiwanese universities in Asia’s top 100 fell to 10 from last year’s 11, according to the Asia University Rankings released on Monday by Times Higher Education magazine.

Overall, 24 Taiwanese universities made the annual rankings, tying the nation with South Korea in the number of facilities on the list.

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 10 Taiwanese universities in the top 100 list are National Taiwan University (15th), National Taiwan University of Science and Technology (28th), National Chiao Tung University (31st), National Tsing Hua University (35th), National Cheng Kung University (41st), China Medical University (46th), National Taiwan Normal University (68th), National Yang Ming University (70th), National Sun Yat-sen University (73rd) and National Central University (94th).

Ranking between 100th and 200th were Chang Gung University (101-110), Taipei Medical University (111-120), Yuan Ze University (121-130), Asia University, Taiwan (131-140), Feng Chia University (131-140), Kaohsiung Medical University (131-140), National Chung Hsing University (131-140), National Ocean University (131-140), Chung Yuan Christian University (141-150), National Chung Cheng University (141-150), National Chung Cheng University (141-150), National Taipei University of Technology (141-150), Fu Jen Catholic University (181-190), National Chengchi University (181-190) and I-shou University (191-200).

National Taiwan University of Science and Technology (NTUST) made the biggest jump in the list, climbing 34 positions.

China tied with Japan with 39 schools from each nation, while Singapore secured two spots in the top-three with the National University of Singapore (first) and Nanyang Technological University (second).

Nations that invest heavily and carefully to foster world-class universities are more likely to have better performance and gain recognition, said Simon Marginson, a professor at Global University’s Institute of Education in London, in an analysis he wrote for the magazine, citing Taiwan as an example.

Magazine editor Phil Baty said that Taiwan has implemented “powerful” policies designed to promote world-class universities, backed by “serious” funding.

NTUST vice president Lee Duu-jong (李篤中) attributed the school’s leap in part to changes in the weightings of items used to rank universities.

Lee said that the magazine used to focus heavily on research published in English-language journals, but since last year it has started taking into account research published in Japanese journals, which he said published many papers submitted by the school, resulting in the big leap in this year’s ranking.

Another reason was that the magazine significantly reduced the weighting of Asian universities’ reputations to have a “fairer” grading system, as most Asian schools are younger than their Western counterparts, he said.

Lee said the reduced weighting was balanced by schools’ industrial income, which gave the facility an advantage.

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