University of the Philippines (UP), Ateneo de Manila University (AdMU), University of Santo Tomas (UST), De La Salle University (DLSU) and Ateneo de Davao University (AdDU) are the five Philippine schools cited in the top 300 universities in Asia.
The study was conducted by the international higher education information provider Quacquarelli Symonds (QS).
UP remains as the country’s top institution. From 67th place in 2013, it is now ranked 63rd. Meanwhile, UST is now at 141st–nine places higher from last year.
DLSU retained its place in the 151-160 grouping, while AdMU ranked 115th this year–six places lower from last year.
AdDU made it as a new entry in the 251-300 ranking this year.
QS Head of Research Ben Sowter said that this year’s ranking “is a much more encouraging set of results for Filipino institutions, following on from two years in which many of them have seen their ranking drop.”
In an interview, UP President Alfredo Pascual shared his views as to why UP’s ranking went up.
“The improvement in the scores can be attributed to our continuing efforts to increase funds and incentives for research, upgrading our facilities and laboratories, proving support for PhD and Master’s scholarships, recruiting faculty through the Balik-PhD Program and Visiting Professors Program, giving greater incentive for honor graduates to teach in UP, and pursuing internationalization,” Pascual said.