by KAREN RENEE S. NOGOY
THE ENGLISH language studies and literature programs of the Faculty of Arts and Letters (AB) have been recognized in the 2022 Quacquarelli-Symonds (QS) World Subject Rankings for the first time, after placing in the 301-320 bracket.
University of Santo Tomas’ (UST) English language and literature programs, two of the three programs included in the world ranking, received an employer reputation rating of 64.4 percent, an academic reputation rating of 58.3 percent, and a research citation rating of 27.9 percent.
AB Dean Marilu Madrunio acknowledged the recognition and urged the students and faculty members to continue producing research on the emerging fields in English language studies.
“Big congratulations to our Department of English and Department of Literature in the Faculty of Arts and Letters. Our efforts paid off. To my colleagues and to our students in the BA English Language Studies program, let us continue doing research in Forensic Linguistics and Migration Linguistics and other emerging fields to help solve some of the country’s problems,” Madrunio, founder of the English language studies program in AB, wrote in a Facebook post.
Meanwhile, the medicine program fell to the 651-670 bracket from last year’s 600-650 ranking after receiving a 58.3-percent rating for employer reputation, a research citation rating of 50.7 percent, an academic reputation rating of 43.2 percent, and H-index citations rating of 35 percent.
The 2022 QS subject rankings released on April 6 assessed 1,543 institutions from 161 locations and covered 51 academic disciplines.
UST dropped its overall world ranking to 1,001-1,200 bracket this year from 801-1000 in 2021. It received the highest QS rating in 2008 when it was placed in the 401-500 bracket.
The University of the Philippines (399th), Ateneo de Manila University (601-650), and De La Salle University (801-1000) also topped the world ranking.
UST is the first university in the Philippines to receive a five-star QS rating based on core criteria of teaching, employability, internalization, and facilities. F