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University Rankings in the Philippines

There are many factors in determining the quality of education that educational institutions offer; some can be objectively measured, some will always be subject to lengthy discussions.

On an international scale, there are several organizations and educational institutions that regularly publish lists of the top universities in the world and certain regions. Some of them have been recognized by other institutions but some have been widely questioned for the methods and standards they used in order to come up with the rankings.

If your aim for checking university rankings is just to get a general idea of widely recognized Philippine universities and not to get a universally-accepted list backed by irrefutable data, the following list of college and university rankings might help.

International University Rankings

  • Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings – Formerly known as the Times Higher Education–QS World University Rankings due to its former collaboration with Times Higher Education,  the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings ranks universities around the world based on data covering four key areas of concern for students: research, employability, teaching and internationalization.
  • Times Higher Education World University Rankings – Formerly known as the Times Higher Education – QS World University Rankings due to its former collaboration with Quacquarelli Symonds,  the Times Higher Education World University Rankings ranks universities based on five indicators: teaching, research,citations, industry income, and international outlook.
  • University Ranking by Academic Performance – First published in 2010, the University Ranking by Academic Performance (URAP) was developed in the Informatics Institute of Middle East Technical University in Turkey and ranks around 2,000 universities according to an aggregation of six academic research performance indicators: current productivity (number of published articles), long-term productivity (from Google Scholar), research impact (citations from Institute for Scientific Information), impact (cumulative journal impact), quality (H-index), and international collaboration.
  • Academic Ranking of World Universities – Published by the Center for World-Class Universities (CWCU), Graduate School of Education of Shanghai Jiao Tong University in China, ARWU ranks more than 1000 universities every year based on several indicators including the number of alumni and staff winning Nobel Prizes and Fields Medals, number of highly cited researchers selected by Thomson Scientific, number of articles published in journals of Nature and Science, number of articles indexed in Science Citation Index – Expanded and Social Sciences Citation Index, and per capita performance with respect to the size of an institution.

Local University Rankings

  • Top Performing Schools Based on Licensure Examination Results – The Top Performing Schools Based on Licensure Examination Results are unofficial lists compiled by that rank universities and other educational institutions in the Philippines based on their performance in the various licensure examinations regularly conducted by the Professional Regulatory Commission.


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