Friday, 12 June 2015

Times Higher Education 2015 Top 100 Asia University Rankings

China has overtaken Japan as Asia’s number one nation for producing top universities.
While Japan’s University of Tokyo is the highest-placed institution in the Times Higher Education Asia University Rankings 2015, the country has lost ground overall, with the balance of power now tilting towards mainland China.
Japan has 19 universities in the prestigious top 100, down from 20 last year and 22 in 2013, and 15 of those have slipped down the list, by an average of 5.8 places.
By contrast, mainland China now has 21 representatives, up from 18 last year and 15 in 2013, and many of these are rising up the table, including Peking University (fourth) and Tsinghua University (fifth), which have both moved up a place. Wuhan University has also climbed an impressive 15 places to joint 49th.
China’s special administrative regions are also performing well, with all six of Hong Kong’s ranked universities in the top 50, while Macau has made its debut in the table with the University of Macau entering in joint 40th place.
The shift in power towards China takes place against a backdrop of investment in research and development while Japan wrestles with cuts as a result of its crippling level of public debt.
Gerard Postiglione, director of the Wah Ching Centre of Research on Education in China at the University of Hong Kong, said that Japan’s declining performance is due to a combination of “a lot of inbreeding” at its universities (graduates teaching at the same university at which they studied); research funding being concentrated at its top-tier institutions; and fewer promotion opportunities for young academics.
“[China] started from scratch and rose quickly from the 1990s when they didn’t have world-class universities, whereas Japan was already at a pretty high level, so its productivity has levelled off for a few years,” he said.
Simon Marginson, professor of international higher education at the UCL Institute of Education, agreed that higher education in Japan is “now largely standing still”.
“Japan is careful to maintain the leading edge of its very top universities such as Tokyo and Kyoto, but has been less committed than has China to pumping more investment into the universities on the next level,” he said.
Phil Baty, THE Rankings editor, added: “Now is not the time for [Japan] to rest on existing reputation – it must act, and quickly, if it is to arrest its decline.”
Taiwan’s performance is continuing to decline – six universities have fallen out of the top 100 since the rankings’ first year in 2013 – while India’s progress has faltered, with the majority of its institutions losing ground.
Country Number of Institutions in Top 100
South Korea13
Hong Kong6
Saudi Arabia2
Asia University Rankings 2015 Top 100 
1The University of Tokyo    Japan
2National University of Singapore (NUS)Singapore
3The University of Hong Kong Hong Kong
4Peking University China
5Tsinghua University China
6Seoul National University South Korea
7Hong Kong University of Science and TechnologyHong Kong
8Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST)South Korea
9Kyoto University Japan
10Nanyang Technological UniversitySingapore
11Pohang University of Science and Technology (Postech)South Korea
12Middle East Technical University Turkey
13Chinese University of Hong KongHong Kong
14Boğaziçi UniversityTurkey
15Tokyo Institute of TechnologyJapan
16Sungkyunkwan University (SKKU)South Korea
17National Taiwan UniversityTaiwan
18Osaka UniversityJapan
19Istanbul Technical UniversityTurkey
19Tohoku UniversityJapan
21Sabanci UniversityTurkey
22Tel Aviv UniversityIsrael
23City University of Hong Kong Hong Kong
24Fudan University  China
25Hebrew University of JerusalemIsrael
26Korea UniversitySouth Korea
26University of Science and Technology of ChinaChina
28Yonsei UniversitySouth Korea
29The Hong Kong Polytechnic University Hong Kong
30Bilkent University Turkey
31Technion Israel Institute of TechnologyIsrael
32Nagoya UniversityJapan
33Tokyo Metropolitan UniversityJapan
34National Tsing Hua UniversityTaiwan
35Nanjing UniversityNanjing
36National Chiao Tung UniversityTaiwan
37Indian Institute of ScienceIndia
38Panjab UniversityIndia
39Shanghai Jiao Tong University China
40Tokyo Medical and Dental University Japan
40University of MacauMacau
42Sun Yat-sen UniversityChina
43Sharif University of TechnologyIran
44Renmin University of ChinaChina
45Hong Kong Baptist University Hong Kong
46Zhejiang University China
47Koç University  Turkey
48University of TsukubaJapan
49National Cheng Kung University Taiwan
49University of SeoulSouth Korea
49Wuhan UniversityChina
52National Taiwan University of Science and TechnologyTaiwan
53Ewha Womans UniversitySouth korea
54Hanyang University South korea
55Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee  India
55King Mongkut's University of Technology, ThonburiThailand
57India Institute of Technology, Bombay  India
58Kyushu University  Japan
59Waseda UniversityJapan
60Wuhan University of TechnologyChina
61Isfahan University of Technology Iran
62National Sun Yat-Sen UniversityTaiwan
63Hokkaido UniversityJapan
64National Central UniversityTaiwan
65India Institute of Technology, DelhiIndia
66Harbin Institute of TechnologyChina
67China Medical University of TaiwanTaiwan
67Kyung Hee UniversitySouth Korea
69Indian Institute of Technology, KanpurIndia
69Iran University of Science and TechnologyIran
71King Fahd University of Petroleum & MineralsSaudi Arabia
72King Saud UniversitySaudi Arabia
73Keio UniversityJapan
73National Taiwan Normal UniversityTaiwan
75Bar-Ilan UniversityIsrael
75Juntendo UniversityJapan
75Tianjin UniversityChina
78Hiroshima UniversityJapan
79Indian Institute of Technology, MadrasIndia
80East China Normal UniversityChina
81Kobe UniversityJapan
82Dalian University of TechnologyChina
83Hunan UniversityChina
84South China University of TechnologyChina
85East China University of Science and TechnologyChina
85University of UlsanSouth Korea
87Tongji UniversityChina
88American University of BeirutLebanon
88Okayama UniversityJapan
90Aligarh Muslim University India
91Mahidol UniversityThailand
91Osaka City UniversityJapan
93Asia University, TaiwanTaiwan
94Huazhong University of Science and TechnologyChina
95Xi'an Jiaotong UniversityChina
96Jawaharlal Nehru UniversityIndia
97Chung-Ang UniversitySouth Korea
98National Yang-Ming UniversityTaiwan
99Chiba UniversityJapan
100Pusan National UniversitySouth Korea

Source - Times Higher Education

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