The University of Santo Tomas rose 12 places in the 2018 Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) Asian University Rankings, securing the 145th rank after occupying the 157th place in 2017.
The academic and employer reputation from global surveys, the proportion of international faculty and students, number of inbound and outbound exchanges, and the citations per paper in indexed journals are the main criteria that determine the yearly ranking.
Obtaining an overall score of 37.6, UST was rated highest for its outbound exchanges, or the mobility of its students and faculty abroad, with 83.3 points.
UST is also regarded by QS as the top 2 university in the Philippines for 2018 when it comes to graduate employability, and has been rated four stars by the London-based team since 2015.
Quality Management Office Director Engr. Joehanna K. Ngo clarifies UST’s accreditations, stating that the University’s four-star rating from QS shows the strengths of the University or the areas where it excels, while its current 145th place in the Asian University Rankings is the overall point of comparison of UST with other universities within Asia.
When asked what the University could do to improve its ranking in the coming years, QMO Assistant Director Engr. Nestor Ong answered that faculty members and students must focus on producing quality research works while simultaneously not neglecting the other factors such
as the academic and employer reputation of the University.