THE UNIVERSITY of Santo Tomas (UST) retained its spot in the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings for the fourth consecutive year.
UST, together with De La Salle University, did not move an inch from the 701+ bracket of the 2016 world university rankings.
The Ateneo de Manila University is also a non-mover, maintaining its rank in the 501-550 bracket.
University of the Philippines is still the country’s top school after it moved to the 374th place this year from the 401-410 bracket in 2015.
UST remained the sole Philippine university to have a four out of five QS Stars rating after it earned a perfect five-star mark in four of the eight categories for excellence set by QS namely employability, facilities, social responsibility, and inclusiveness.
“UST graduates consistently and yearly dominate the top ten in courses with board exams (Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Engineering, Architecture, Accountancy, Education, etc.). This proves the University’s superior academic programs,” the QS Top Universities website read.
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology is still the world’s top university, while the National University of Singapore remained the best in Asia.
Earlier this year, UST moved 14 places down in the QS Asian University Rankings, coming at 157th from last year’s 143rd.
The annual world rankings are based on six criteria namely: academic reputation (40 percent), employer reputation (10 percent), student-to-faculty ratio (20 percent), citation per faculty (20 percent), international faculty ratio (5 percent), and international student ratio (5 percent). F VANN MARLO M. VILLEGAS