The British Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) has released its 2015 edition of the annual world university rankings. In the Philippines, the “Big Four” universities have constantly been part of the top 1,000 schools around the globe: University of the Philippines ( 367), Ateneo de Manila University (461-470), De La Salle University (651-700) and University of Santo Tomas (701+).
Ranking of the universities is based on academic reputation (30%), employer reputation (10%), faculty to student ratio (20%), citations per paper (15%), papers per faculty (15%), proportion of international faculty (2.5%) and proportion of international students (2.5%), proportion of inbound exchange students (2.5%) and proportion of outbound exchange students (2.5%).
Aside from the annual Top 100 universities, QS also releases a ranking based on the subjects they have identified and classified under five categories, namely, Engineering and Technology, Arts and Humanities, Life Sciences and Medicine, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences and Management. The Mindanao State University-Iligan Institute of Technology in Iligan City has been part of the top five schools in some subjects under the Engineering and Technology and Natural Sciences group during the 2013 and 2015 list.
In MSU-IIT’s pursuit of becoming a research university and being world-renowned, such a university ranking is worthy of contemplation and a good driver for future decision-making activities of the school.