University of the Philippines and University of Santo Tomas, two from the Philippines’ “Big Four” universities slid in the ranking of the annual list of the world’s top universities, which covers 1,300 universities in the world. 

According to the 2022 Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings released last Wednesday (June 9), the University of the Philippines (UP) was still leading among the Philippine universities on the list. The state university, however, slid down from a ranking from 396 in 2020 to 399 in 2021.

On the other hand, the University of Santo Tomas (UST), which placed fourth among the big four, slid to rank 1,001 to 1,200 from 801 to 1,000 in 2020.

Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU) and De La Salle University (DLSU) have maintained their 2020 rankings—ADMU at 601 to 650 and DLSU at 801 to 1,000.

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) for ten consecutive years remains as the best university of the world after earning perfect scores in five out of six indicators.

Rounding up the top 10 are the University of Oxford, Stanford University, University of Cambridge, Harvard University, California Institute of Technology, Imperial College of London, ETH Zürich-Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, University College London, and University of Chicago.

The US continues to dominate the rankings with five American universities on the top ten list. The United Kingdom had four and Switzerland had one.

The National University of Singapore (NUS) is the top in Asia which is ranked 11th in the world.

The QS World University Rankings ranks universities according to:

  •       Academic reputation (40 percent)
  •       Employer reputation (10 percent)
  •       Faculty-student ratio (20 percent)
  •       Citations per faculty (20 percent)
  •       International students (5 percent)
  •       International faculty (5 percent)


Ronald Espartinez