08 February 2018
The latest edition of the Times Higher Education (THE) Asian university rankings has just been published. This uses the same thirteen indicators as THE’s World University Rankings but they have been recalibrated to take account of regional priorities. The weighting for research and teaching reputation has been reduced and that for research income, research productivity, and research income from industry has been increased.
There are five teaching indicators with a combined 25% weighting, three research indicators (30%), research impact measured by field- and year-normalised citations (30%), three international orientation indicators (7.5%), and research income from industry (7.5%).
The rankings show the further progress of Chinese universities who now have 63 spots among the 350 ranked institutions although Japan with 89 universities continues to hold the largest number of places. There are also signs of progress in Malaysia, Indonesia, Pakistan and Indonesia.
The rankings also revealed an uneven distribution of universities between the various indicators. The top university in each indicator or group of indicators is as follows:
Teaching: Peking University, China
Research: Tsinghua university, China
Citations: Babol Noshirvani University of Technology, Iran
International outlook: Qatar University, Qatar; Istanbul Technical University, Turkey.
Times Higher Education