Asian Universities Play Catch-up in Global Rankings

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.

Link: http://rendezvous.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/10/08/asian-universities-play-catch-up-in-global-rankings/

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One Response to Asian Universities Play Catch-up in Global Rankings

  1. Professor Uziel Nogueira says: The US has a dominant position in the highly competitive field of high learning for two reasons. (1) US universities have a financial endowment, second to none. As a consequence, they attract the best brains in the world. Besides, they are helped by the fact that English became the ‘lingua franca’ of a highly interconnected world. The English language per se is a highly prized commodity. (2) US universities were the leading intellectual force behind the trans nationalization of US enterprises. The same business model are being used to transform US universities into multinational high learning entities. The number of US students have peaked in American campuses while there is an explosion in enrollment in US foreign based campuses. The question is, how long can American universities keep their dominant position? the answer is, as long as they continue to grow overseas. US universities are facing two challenges today. First, a strong competition from Asian universities as the new ranking shows. My experience with the University of Malaysia shows a first rate high education center, particularly the China Study Center led by Dr. Emile Yeo. Second, US universities either go international or parish. They are being forced to open campuses overseas. China has the largest market of high education in the world today. The university that becomes dominant in China will get the number one ranking in the world. Harvard and Cal Tech are certainly positioning for this race.

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