London, May 28 (CNA) National Taiwan University saw its standing improve one notch to 20th from the year before in the 2012 Asian University rankings released by higher education information provider QS on Monday.
Hong Kong University of Science and Technology maintained its number one position, according to the annual survey, which QS has conducted since 2009.
Ben Sowter, head of the QS Intelligence Unit, said that of the 31 Taiwanese universities that made into the top 300, 21 had movedup in the rankings.
"Taiwan is presenting a good picture," he said.
The highest rated Taiwanese universities were National Taiwan University (20th), National Tsing Hua University (31st, unchanged from last year), and National Cheng Kung University (37th, down five notches).
Following behind were National Chiao Tung University (49th, up three notches), National Yang Ming University (50th, down 10 notches), National Central University (53rd, up six notches), National Taiwan University of Science and Technology (54th, up eigt notches), and Sun Yat-sen University (60th, up 10 notches).
Others in the top 100 were Taipei Medical University (64th, up 25 notches), National Taiwan Normal University (87th, up from 104th) and Chang Gung University (92nd, down three notches).
National University of Singapore and the University of Hong Kong ranked second and third in this year's survey.
Rounding out the top 10 Asian universities were Seoul National University, the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Peking University, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, the University of Tokyo, Pohang University of Science and Technology and Kyoto University.
Six indicators were used to determine the rankings: academic reputation, employer reputation, citations per faculty from SciVerse Scopus, faculty-student ratio, proportion of international students, and proportion of international faculty.
The results of a separate survey, the QS top 50 under 50, were also released Monday.
National Yang Ming University, at the 37th, was the only Taiwanese university to make the list, which ranks universities established since 1962 according to their position in the 2011 QS World University Rankings.
Chinese University of Hong Kong, which was established in 1963, headed the rankings, followed by Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and the University of Warwick.
No Chinese universities were among the top 50.
(By Jennifer Huang and Lilian Wu)