As the annual Times Higher Education Asia University Rankings 2015 were released, the heavyweights in the field of education braced for truth and objectivity scenario.
Japan is no more the leader in the chart. It’s the China that has seized maximum spots.
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Though the University of Tokyo flies high with the top position, it’s the Chinese universities that have stolen the show. While Japan has 19 universities in the list, China appears strong with 21 universities.
Japan had 20 universities last year in the chart. Peking University and Tsinghua University in China have progressed one position up, whereas Wuhun University has gained 15 places. It’s now in 49th slot.
It’s also interesting to note that all the state funded universities in Hong Kong are in the top 50 list. University of Macau has made its debut with 40th place.
The change in domination is intriguing. While China invests more in research and development work, funding for measurable instances, Japan struggles in restructuring the allocation plan. China has everything. It has a plan. It built from the scratch, took the initiative and rose quickly. While looking at the ranking chart of 2014 and 2015, one can quickly conclude that there is not much difference in the ranking among the Chinese universities.
University of Hong Kong maintains the 3rd position for two consecutive years.
Ever wondered what makes Chinese Universities dominate? It’s simple. China has focussed well in shaping the education system in mainland China. One must not overlook that China has the highest number of college graduates in the age bracket of 25-34. It has surpassed the US. Furthermore, Beijing considers converting 600 universities to invest time and energy in vocational education. Nevertheless, China is well positioned to support its quality education. The scholars from China are part of greater academic cohort worldwide. They are considered the key people in the global workforce.
Looking at the Indian aspect, The Indian Institute of Science has made its debut in the ranking with 34th slot. It’s the first spot among Indian Universities in the Asian ranking. Punjab University, which always spearheaded the list of Indian Universities has slipped from 32 to 38positions.
QS Rankings note, “The main bright spot for India in the new publication is the performance of the Indian Institute of Science, which can be judged on a full set of data for the first time. It emerges as the country’s leading representative, at 34th, and is fourth in Asia for the number of papers produced by each faculty member.”
Each year, more institutes of higher learning are submitting their data for world ranking. It explains the importance of such move.
The Times Higher EducationAsia University Rankings 2015 claims that their calculation regarding the ranking are similar to the World University Rankings run by Thomson Reuters. The criteria set by the Times Higher education include teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook. The ranking method includes 13 carefully measured key performance indicators so as to provide a comprehensive report on universities.
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