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13 Taiwanese universities among Asia's top 100
Central News Agency
2014-06-19 12:17 PM
London, June 18 (CNA) Thirteen universities from Taiwan have been listed among the top 100 in the Asia University Rankings released Wednesday by Times Higher Education magazine, with National Taiwan University ranked highest at 14th. Compared with last year, when 17 Taiwan universities made the list, the latest result represents a decline. Based on the number of universities included, Taiwan is ranked fourth after Japan, China and South Korea, which have 20, 18 and 14 universities listed, respectively. The five highest-ranked from Taiwan are National Taiwan University (14th, unchanged from 2013), National Chiao Tung University (34th, down two notches), National Tsing Hua University (38th, down 11 notches), National Cheng Kung University (44th, up three notches) and National Sun Yat-sen University (46th, unchanged). Following behind are National Taiwan University of Science and Technology (52nd, unchanged), National Central University (54th, unchanged), China Medical University Taiwan (57th, up 12 notches), National Taiwan Normal University (70th, down two notches) and Asia University (83rd, entering list for the first time). Others in the top 100 are Yuan Ze University (91st, down 20 notches), National Yang-Ming University (93rd, down four notches) and Chung Yuan Christian University (97th, down 25 notches). Four universities that dropped off the top 100 list are National Taiwan Ocean University, National Chung Cheng University, National Chung Hsing University, Feng Chia University and National Taipei University of Technology. Phil Baty, editor of Times Higher Education Rankings, said the results reflect rapid improvements made by other Asian countries and intense competition among higher education institutions in the region. To enhance their competitiveness, Baty suggested, Taiwan universities should follow the examples of their counterparts in China and South Korea and seek corporate sponsorship instead of relying on the government for funding. 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 top five institutions in Asia are University of Tokyo, National University of Singapore, the University of Hong Kong, Seoul National University and Peking University, in that order. (By Jennifer Huang and Y.F. Low)
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