Universities ranked in top 200 in 30 subjects worldwide

Staff writer, with CNA, London

Fri, May 10, 2013 - Page 3

Fourteen Taiwanese universities have been included in a list compiled by the UK-based QS education network of the top 200 universities in the world in 30 disciplines.

National Taiwan University (NTU) was named the top university in Taiwan and 24th in the world for electrical and electronic engineering, according to this year’s QS World University Rankings by Subject, which evaluated 1,526 universities on 30 individual subjects.

Martin Ince, convener of the QS Global Academic Advisory Board, said Taiwan has world-class universities in 28 subjects, especially in the field of engineering and technology.

The result did not come as a surprise, Ince said, adding that Taiwan is home to smartphone maker HTC and Foxconn Technology Group, the assembler of Apple’s iPhones and iPads.

Twenty-seven of NTU’s subjects were included in the rankings, including materials (34th), pharmacy (38th), chemistry (46th) and earth and marine sciences (49th), making it the top university in the nation.

Trailing behind was National Cheng Kung University, with 14 subjects included in the rankings.

Its statistics and operational research and materials sciences were ranked in the 51st to 100th section.

National Tsing Hua University and National Chiao Tung University, both based in Hsinchu City, each had 10 subjects listed among the top 200 universities in the world.

Tsing Hua was ranked 49th for its engineering and mechanical engineering, while the same subject for Chiao Tung was ranked in the 51st to 100th section.

Other universities on the list were National Central University (eight subjects), National Taiwan University of Science and Technology (five), National Chengchi University (four), National Chung Hsing University (four), National Sun Yat-Sen University (three), National Taiwan Normal University (two), Taipei Medical University (two), National Taipei University of Technology (one), National Yang-Ming University (one) and Feng Chia University (one).

The rankings also showed that Taiwanese universities generally rank lower in the fields of arts and the humanities.