National Taiwan University drops to 142nd in global rankings
Central News Agency
2013-10-03 10:55 AM
London, Oct. 2 (CNA) The global ranking of National Taiwan University (NTU) has fallen eight notches to 142nd in the latest assessment by the Times Higher Education magazine, published Wednesday. NTU is the only institution in Taiwan to make the top 200 list. Universities ranking lower than 200 are not assigned individual rankings, but are presented within various ranges. National Chiao Tung University is rated 251-275, the same as last year, while National Tsing Hua University is down from 226-250 the previous year to the 251-275 range. National Cheng Kung University and National Sun Yat-sen University remain in the 301-350 cut. National Central University, National Taiwan University of Science and Technology and Central Medical University Taiwan are in the 351-400 bracket. Elizabeth Gibney, a science and research reporter for the magazine, said Taiwan's showing is positive given that it has eight universities on the list despite its relatively small population. The performance of NTU, however, is disappointing this year and is a warning sign for the university that it must continue to work hard to keep up, she said. The top five institutions this year are the California Institute of Technology, Harvard University, Oxford University, Stanford University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, in that order. The University of Tokyo, which is up from 27th last year to 23rd, is the best-performing institution in Asia. National University of Singapore is ranked 26th. Among the Chinese universities ranked, Peking University has moved up from 46th to 45th, and Tsinghua University from 52nd to 50th. The performance of the universities is 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. (By Jennifer Huang and Y.F. Low)
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