More international students are turning to universities in the Asia-Pacific over popular destination in Europe and the United States.
The Times Higher Education World University Rankings for 2020 reflects the rapid growth of higher education in the region.
China in particular has seen drastic growth as the number of Chinese universities in the top 200 increased to 81 universities, making them the fourth most representation nation on the list. In THE’s table showing the top represented countries from 2016 to 2020, China lands sixth place despite not even appearing in the top 10 half a decade ago.
Japan also maintained its ranking as the second most represented country in Asia with 110 universities.
Meanwhile, the US dropped from 63 universities in 2016 to 60 in the 2020 results. The United Kingdom also faced a steep decline from 34 universities to 24 in the same period with 18 of those going down at least one place.
Representation also increased in Australia as it went from nine universities to 11 universities in the top 200. Research from both the University College London and the Australian Bureau of Statistics predicted that Australia could surpass the UK as the second most popular destination for international students.
Similarly, the University of Tokyo, Kyoto, Seoul, Sungkyunkwan, Malaya, the Philippines, Indonesia, and Melbourne all increased their ranking, upping the region’s overall representation to 36 percent.
Serving as newcomers in the list of 1000 universities are Brunei and Vietnam with Brunei Darussalam and Vietnam’s Hanoi University of Science.
The surge of international students going east is said to reflect the shift in the political and economic climate globally. More universities in the Asia-Pacific region are also getting recognized for their quality education and diversity. Unique cultural experience and quality of living offered by Asian countries also comes into play in students’ decision.