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NTU ranks 10th in Emerging Economies University Rankings 2019

2019/01/16 18:48:44

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London, Jan. 15 (CNA) National Taiwan University (NTU) ranked 10th in the 2019 Times Higher Education Emerging Economies University Rankings released Tuesday, unchanged from a year earlier.

The overall 2019 rankings cover 450 universities, expanded from 378 last year, in 43 countries.

Taiwan increased its representation in the 2019 rankings to 32 universities from 31 last year, but 19 saw their rankings drop, and Taiwanese schools claimed 17 of the top 200 spots this year, down from 18 last year.

Overall, Taiwan was the fifth most represented country in the annual listing, down from fourth last year, according to Times Higher Education.

While Taiwan's overall performance remains relatively steady, other emerging economies are advancing at a faster rate.

Russia surpasses Taiwan this year as fourth most represented in the table. Last year, Taiwan slipped from joint third most represented, surpassed by Brazil, according to THE.

Among Taiwanese institutions that lost ground this year were National Chiao Tung University (28th, down four notches), National Taiwan University of Science and Technology (34th, down 12 notches), and National Tsing Hua University (37th, down 17 notches).

But Taipei Medical University climbed 14 notches from a year earlier to 37th. Times Higher Education Global Rankings editor Ellie Bothwell said "Taiwan's performance in this year's ranking could be described as mixed--while several universities have declined, there are also some significant risers too."

"Taiwan has been developing strong ties with Southeast Asia, and the strategy seems to be paying off, with the number of international students from countries such as Malaysia, Vietnam and Indonesia all increasing in recent years," she said.

"The future success of these bilateral links will be key to the performance of Taiwan's universities given the country's declining birth rate," according to Bothwell.

Meanwhile, the close proximity between Taiwan and China, which is becoming an increasingly important global power, is also an advantage Taiwan can use to attract international students and staff from other parts of the world and if Taiwan can capitalize on these opportunities, more of its universities may rise up the table in future years, Bothwell said.

Globally, China dominated the 2019 rankings with 72 institutions represented, up from 63 last year. Its universities also took four of the top five positions, seven of the top 10, and 55 of the top 200.

(By Tai Ya-chen and Evelyn Kao)