UP and DLSU Make the Cut in 2019 Asia-Pacific University Rankings

The De La Salle University joins the list for the first time.

(SPOT.ph) Massive changes in the Philippine education system were seen in recent years. In 2011, the K-12 program was implemented; in 2014, some local universities readjusted their academic calendar; and in 2017, the law providing free tertiary education was implemented. Despite a few things that can definitely use some improvement, higher education in the Philippines still has something to be proud of. Data from the Times Higher Education shows that the University of the Philippines and De La Salle University made it to the list of best universities in the Asia-Pacific region for 2019.

The University of the Philippines is famous for the Oblation statue present in its campuses.
PHOTO BY Ramon FVelasquez 
The St. La Salle Hall in the De La Salle University's Manila campus showcases a Neoclassical architectural style popular in the 1920s, when it was built.  
PHOTO BY Ramiltibayan 

The De La Salle University (DLSU) joins the list for the first time, ranking at the 201-250 bracket, while the University of the Philippines (UP) climbed to the 101-110 bracket from 2018's 151-160.

China's Tsinghua University snatched the top spot from the National University of Singapore, which ranked second this year. The University of Melbourne in Australia takes the third place, while Hong Kong University of Science and the University of Hong Kong took the fourth and fifth place, respectively.

Despite China taking up most of the top spots, it's only the second most represented nation with 72 universities included on the list. Japan, with 103 of its universities on the ranking,  was recorded to be the most-represented.

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The Times Higher Education (THE) analyzed universities across East Asia, Southeast Asia, and Oceania. They were ranked using indicators that looked into each university's performance in teaching, research, knowledge transfer, and international outlook. The overall ranking includes over 300 universities from 13 different nations.

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