10 September 2013
Sen. Pia on the 2013 World University Rankings
Senator Pia S. Cayetano today said the latest world university rankings
should give Filipinos an indication of how the Philippines fares overall in the
field of higher education and learning.
“The survey affirms the observation of many of our education officials
and academicians that our higher education institutions (HEIs) lack focus on
research and faculty training, two of the criteria which pulled down the
rankings of our leading universities in the world survey,” said Cayetano, Chairperson
of the Senate Committee on Education, Arts and Culture.
The senator is referring to the 2013 Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) where
the University of the Philippines slipped from 348 last year to 380, Ateneo de
Manila from 451-500 last year to 501-550, De La Salle retained its spot last
year at 601, and University of Santo Tomas going down from 601+ last year to
“On the other hand, a closer look would reveal that our top schools actually
fared better in the world university rankings based on subject,” added the
senator, citing the 2013 World University Rankings by Subject released in July
also by Quacquarelli Symonds.
In the said survey, the University of the Philippines, Ateneo de Manila
and De La Salle University all made it to the top 200 schools globally.
She noted that UP and Ateneo ranked 51-100th for English and language and
DLSU at the 101-150th spot. Ateneo also made it to the top 151-200 schools in
modern languages, while UP was in the top 151-200th rank for agriculture and
Cayetano said our ranking in the latest world university rankings underscore the need for the government to increase support for State Colleges and Universities and to coordinate more closely with both private and public HEIs to further improve their strong subjects, as well as the research and faculty development aspects of their academic programs, which are crucial to making our schools globally competitive. #
File photo: Senate Education, Arts and Culture Committee Chair Sen. Pia Cayetano taking her oath as a member of the UP Board of Regents before Commission on Higher Education (CHEd) Chair Patricia Licuanan. (July 29, 2013)