MANILA, Philippines – Five tertiary schools made it in the Top 300 Asian Universities list of education and career network Quacquarelli Symonds.
State-run University of the Philippines (UP) in Diliman, Quezon City remains the country’s top school, ranking 68th in Asia.
UP is followed by private schools Ateneo de Manila University (86th), De La Salle University (142nd) and University of Santo Tomas (148th).
University of Southeastern Philippines in Davao City, a newcomer, made it to the 251-300 bracket.
Slipping in Asian rankings
All four Philippine schools slipped in the Asian University rankings this year.
In 2011, UP ranked 62nd in Asia, while Ateneo closely followed at the 65th spot.
UST and La Salle ranked 104th and 107th last year, respectively.
HK, S. Korea dominate list
The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology is the top Asian University for the second consecutive year, according to QS.
National University Singapore ranked second, while University of Hong Kong slipped to third place.
The rest of the Top 10 Asian universities are as follows: Seoul National University (South Korea), Chinese University of Hong Kong (Hong Kong), Peking University (China), Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (South Korea), University of Tokyo (Japan), Pohang University of Science and Technology (South Korea), and Kyoto University (Japan).
"Based very loosely on the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education in the US, but operated on a much simpler basis, these classifications take into account three key aspects of each university to assign their label: SIZE, FOCUS, RESEARCH INTENSITY, AGE," QS said on its website.