Asian Universities Play Catch-up in Global Rankings
08/10/2012 1 comentario
The California Institute of Technology is still No. 1 university in the world, according to the Times Higher Education rankings, compiled in London and published last week, and American institutions still dominate top 10. But in the middle of the pack, Asian universities were biggest gainers, D.D. Guttenplan writes. Institutions in China, South Korea, Singapore, Australia moved up, while many American universities moved down. Seoul National University, for example, jumped to 59th place from 124th. Phil Baty, the rankings editor at large at The Times, credited increased education spending in Asia, and a decrease of such financing in the West. Growth is relative: The highest-ranked Asian institution, University of Tokyo, is only at No. 27. Still, the Asian universities are making a big push. The same week that rankings were released, Todai, as the top Japanese university is called, announced a new English-only four-year degree designed to make its appeal more international, Miki Tanikawa reports.