UP makes it to top 400 best universities in the world

UP makes it to top 400 best universities in the world

- Quacquarreli Symonds, a London-based company focused on education and foreign studies, have started publishing the world's top universities in 2004

- The University of the Philippines (UP) has resurfaced as one of the world's top 400 universities this year, after its ranking dropped last year

- De La Salle University was also noted for being the only Philippine university with the most impressive researchers and for improving its ranking due to employer reputation

The University of the Philippines (UP) has reclaimed its position as one of the top 400 universities in the world with the release of Quacquarelli Symonds' (QS) list for this year.

According to the London-based company, UP ranked 374th this year and was the only Philippine university that made the cut. In 2015, the premier state university fell in the 401-410 bracket.

UP makes it to top 400 best universities in the world

UP graduates singing their anthem.

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UP has maintained its spot in the top 400 for three consecutive years - 348th in 2012, 380th in 2013, and 367th in 2014 - until its ranking dropped.

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However, like last year, it has retained its place as the 70th best Asian university in the list.

The university's higher ranking for 2016 might be attributed to improving in three QS metrics such as academic reputation, faculty-student ratio, and international faculty ratio.

There were also three Philippine universities that made the list - Ateneo de Manila University (501-500), De La Salle University (701+), and the University of Santo Tomas (sharing the same bracket as De La Salle University).

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De La Salle University has also been recognized for being the lone Philippine university with the most influential researchers as determined by citations per faculty. Its better ranking was accredited to its employer reputation.

Quacquarelli Symonds, which has focused on education and foreign studies, has produced the annual list of the world's top universities since 2004. Aside from ranking these universities in their totality, they are also graded according to the subjects offered in their curriculum as well as focusing on a particular region such as Asia and Latin America.

UP makes it to top 400 best universities in the world

The facade of the De La Salle University.

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For its list this year, the Massachussetts Institute of Technology (MIT) remained as the top university of the world for five consecutive years. MIT was followed by two more American institutes -  Stanford University and Harvard University.

White-focused institutes have dominated the top 10 such as the University of Cambridge, California Institute of Technology, University of Oxford, University College of London, ETH Zurich – Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Imperial College London and University of Chicago.

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