London, Nov. 8 (CNA) Eight Taiwanese universities have been listed in the top 100 universities in Asia by global higher education analyst Quacquarelli Symonds (QS), with National Taiwan University (NTU) ranked 21st, the best-performing Taiwanese university in the QS Asia University Rankings 2024 released Wednesday.
However, NTU fell out of the top 20 for the first time since 2020, the year in which it first entered the top 20 at No. 20.
NTU was ranked in 19th in the QS Asia University Rankings for three consecutive years from 2021-2023.
Taiwan’s seven other universities in the top 100 included National Tsing Hua University (39th), National Cheng Kung University (41st), National Yang Ming Chiao Tung University (47th), National Taiwan University of Science and Technology (74th), National Taiwan Normal University (79th), National Taipei University of Technology (82nd), and National Sun Yat-sen University (99th).
Another five Taiwanese universities ranked in the top 200 in the QS Asia University Rankings 2024, including Taipei Medical University (108th), National Chengchi University (112th), National Central University (113th), National Chung Hsing University (123rd) and National Chung Cheng University (174th).
The 16th edition of the QS Asia University Rankings is the largest to date, featuring 856 universities and colleges from 25 different nations and regions.
Forty-six Taiwanese universities and colleges were included in the 2024 rankings, of which 39 slipped down the rankings, five were unchanged and two improved, according to the British company.
The QS rankings use a number of indicators to assess university performance, including academic peer review, employer reputation, faculty-student ratio, research impact, international orientation, citations per faculty member, and total faculty publications.
Taiwanese universities performed exceptionally in terms of employer reputation, with five in the top 50 in Asia for the indicator, including NTU (13th), National Cheng Kung University (28th), National Tsing Hua University (31st), National Yang Ming Chiao Tung University (36th) and National Taipei University of Technology (49th).
However, no Taiwanese universities ranked in the top 100 for research impact.
NTU was 124th in the ranking for citations per faculty member.
It also outperformed other Taiwanese universities in terms of international research networks, for which indicator NTU was ranked 29th in Asia.
China’s Peking University once again topped the rankings for the second year in a row, followed by the University of Hong Kong and the National University of Singapore.
Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University and China’s Tsinghua University tied for fourth place.
The rest of the top 10 is rounded out by universities from China, South Korea and Hong Kong, according to QS’s website.
(By Chen Yun-yu and Evelyn Kao)