The University of the Philippines (UP) is on the up and up again in terms of ranking among Asia’s top universities, climbing to No. 78 from the previous 87, remaining No. 18 in Southeast Asia and number one in the Philippines, according to the 2024 edition of Asia university rankings by the widely recognized and referenced Quacquarelli Symonds (QS).
Sixteen Philippine universities made it to the Asia rankings, although UP is the only Philippine university to make it to the top 10% of the top 856 Asian universities, led by Peking University. UP’s overall score out of a possible 100 is 48, 13 points higher than the next-ranked university.
The 2024 QS Asia University Rankings included a breakdown by Asian sub-region. UP placed 18th among the top 148 universities of Southeast Asia, where the National University of Singapore ranked number one.
The current rankings of Philippine universities that made the QS Asia grade are as follows: UP, 78; Ateneo de Manila University, 137; De La Salle University, 154; University of Santo Tomas, 179; Adamson University, 551-600; Polytechnic University of the Philippines, 551-600; University of San Carlos, 551-600; Mapua University, 601-650; Silliman University, 601-650; Ateneo de Davao University, 651-700; Far Eastern University, 701-750; Mindanao State University (MSU)-Iligan Institute of Technology, 701-750; Saint Louis University, 751-800; Lyceum of the Philippines University, 801+; MSU-Marawi, 801+; and Xavier University, 801+.
The rankings are based on scores for academic reputation, employer reputation, faculty-student ratio, faculty-staff with PhD, papers per faculty, citations per paper, international research network, international faculty, international students, inbound exchange, and outbound exchange. Based on the 2024 edition scores, UP’s biggest advantage in the Philippines appears to be in the indicators of international research network and academic reputation.
It scored 68.4 out of a possible 100 in international research network. The closest university in terms of this indicator only managed a score of 14.5. It is also where UP made the biggest improvement in score from the previous year, when it managed to get 52.1.
UP’s academic reputation is unparalleled in the country, with its score of 61.2, 20 points higher than the next highest score from a Philippine university, 41.2.
UP’s highest score, however, is in employer reputation at 77.7.
The 2024 QS Asia University Rankings can be viewed at https://www.topuniversities.com/asia-university-rankings. The QS rankings portfolio was inaugurated in 2004 and published by the Times Higher Education (THE) Supplement as Times Higher Education-QS World University Rankings. In 2009, THE broke from its partnership with QS in favor of Thomson Reuters and later, Elsevier, in coming out with the THE World University Rankings.