Taipei, National Taiwan University (NTU) has been ranked as the 72nd-best university in the world, up four notches from last year, in the latest world university rankings released Thursday by a British education network.
A total of 17 universities from Taiwan are included in the World University Rankings 2019 compiled by Quacquarelli Symonds Ltd. (QS), a global information provider on specialist higher education, career information and solutions.
NTU was the only Taiwanese school to be listed among the top 100 in the rankings, remaining the country's highest-rated university in the annual survey.
The other Taiwanese universities in the top 500 are National Tsing Hua University (163rd), National Chiao Tung University (208th), National Cheng Kung University (234th), National Taiwan University of Science and Technology (257th), National Yang Ming University (292nd), National Taiwan Normal University (308th), Taipei Medical University (362nd), National Sun Yat-sen University (402nd), National Central University (415th) and Chang Gung University (429th).
Taipei Medical University had the biggest improvement, rising 36 notches from last year, making it Taiwan's top-ranked private university on the list.
Six other Taiwanese universities were also ranked, with National Taipei University of Technology ranked in the 561st-570th category, National Cheng Chi University in the 601st-650th category, National Chung Hsing University in the 651st-700th category, with National Chung Cheng University, Feng Chia University and Fu Jen Catholic University in the 801st-1000th category.
The QS rankings are based on four key pillars -- research, teaching, employability and internationalization.
Six indicators are used to assess performance -- academic reputation, employer reputation, faculty to student ratio, citations per faculty, proportion of international students, and proportion of international faculty.
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology retains its top spot in the rankings for the seventh consecutive year, followed by Stanford University, Harvard University and the California Institute of Technology.
Rounding out the top 10 are the University of Oxford, the University of Cambridge, the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Imperial College London, the University of Chicago and University College London.
National University of Singapore (11th) is the highest-ranked Asian institution, ahead of Nanyang Technological University (12th), also in Singapore.
China's Tsinghua University is Asia's third-best university in the rankings at 17th, ahead of Peking University (30th).
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel