Last spring, Times Higher Education (THE) has revealed the ranking for Asian University for 2019.
On the top slot is Tsinghua University in China, pushing last year’s top university, National University of Singapore (NUS), down to second place. NUS had been the leading the boards since 2016.
Tsinghua’s jump to first place can be attributed to its increased scores in teaching environment and in citation impact and international outlook. This makes it the first time a Chinese university landed the number one slot.
Third on the list is Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST), which ranked fifth in 2018. The University of Hong Kong maintained its fourth-place position while Peking University dropped from second in 2018 to fifth this year.
The Asia University Rankings follows the same criteria as the World Rankings, and this consists of 13 performance indicators that follow their core missions: teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook.
A total of 72 Chinese universities made the ranking, a boost from last year’s 63, but Japan still has the most universities on the list. However, Japan’s representatives have been gradually going down the ranks in the past few years.
Meanwhile, Malaysia made its debut in the top 40 when the University of Malaya rose eight slots to 38th place.
Research productivity, research income, and industry income leave the most impact in Asia’s category while teaching and research reputation have less because they are not as well-known globally THE noted.