UP climbs higher in world university rankings

| Written by Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs

The University of the Philippines (UP) further climbed international rankings, appearing in the top 33 percent of the 2020 QS (Quacquarelli Symonds) World University Rankings.

It placed 356thup by 28 notches from last year, in the top 1,000 institutions from around the world. As with previous editions, UP held the top spot in the Philippines, ahead of three other Philippine universities that made the latest rankings. It is the only Philippine university among the 16 Southeast Asian institutions in the upper half of the list.

This is UP’s fourth climb in the QS world rankings and its highest standing since it moved into the rankings in 2014.



Source: 2020 QS World University Rankings Fact File


Universities are ranked by QS according to six indicators: academic reputation (40 percent), employer reputation (10 percent), faculty student ratio (20 percent), citations per faculty (20 percent), international faculty ratio (5 percent) and international student ratio (5 percent).

UP retained its best performance in faculty-student ratio where it ascended 52 spots to 234th. In employer reputation, it was ranked 240th. Academic reputation was another strong indicator for UP where it rose 18 places to reach 242nd. Ratings for academic and employer reputation are determined through annual surveys. In the 2020 edition, more than 94,000 responses from academics and around 45,000 responses from employers worldwide were collected and analyzed by QS.

UP recorded the lowest rankings in citations per faculty, international faculty ratio and international student ratio.


UP’s ranking by indicator. Source: 2020 QS World University Rankings Fact File


UP’s scores by indicator. The highest possible score is 100. Source: 2020 QS World University Rankings


QS also publishes the world university rankings by subject area, the regional rankings for Asia and the graduate employability rankings based on the world university rankings but with some refinements in the criteria. In the 2019 edition, UP placed 72nd among 503 institutions in Asia.