ATENEO de Manila University (AdMU) has emerged as the top university in the country based on the Times Higher Education (THE) Asia University Rankings for 2023.
The school was in 84th place among 669 schools that were ranked in the survey, dislodging University of the Philippines (UP), which slid to 201-250th.
It was a significant jump from AdMU’s rating last year, where it was only tagged as a “reporter” university.
UP was the top ranked Philippine university in 2022, at 129th place.
Third this year is De La Salle University, at 501-600th places, while Mapua University entered the Higher Education Rankings at 601+ for the first time.
The University of Santo Tomas joined five public universities that included Cebu Technological University, Mindanao State University-Iligan Institute of Technology, University of Science and Technology of Southern Philippines, Tarlac Agricultural University and Visayas State University.
The Commission on Higher Education congratulated the 10 universities included in the Asia University Rankings, stating that the achievement is a testament to the dedication, resilience and excellence of Filipino educators and students.
In a statement on its official website, Ateneo president Roberto Yap, S.J. said the university is “honored” to enter the THE’s Asia rankings for the first time, especially being ranked in the top 100. He added that the feat is the product of years of hard work of the entire Ateneo community, from faculty to researchers, to its staff, professionals, administrators and students.
Meanwhile, De La Salle University Vice President for Research and Innovation Dr. Raymond Girard Tan said the THE ranking gave them an “external yardstick to gauge the potential benefits to our stakeholders,” noting that university research enriches education and improves alumni career prospects.
The Asia University Rankings used performance indicators as the World University Rankings also published by THE, but are recalibrated to reflect the attributes of Asia’s institutions.
The universities are judged across their core missions — teaching, research, knowledge, transfer and international outlook — to provide the most comprehensive and balanced comparisons available.
With additional report: The Manila Times, Red Mendoza