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16 Taiwan universities enter world university subject rankings
Central News Agency
2014-02-26 07:29 PM
Taipei, Feb. 26 (CNA) Sixteen universities in Taiwan have made it into the top 200 QS 2014 World University Rankings by Subject published Wednesday by higher education information provider QS.

National Taiwan University (NTU) was listed as the best performer in Taiwan with 26 subject categories, the highest number among the Taiwanese universities listed. Twenty-two of NTU's subjects were included in the top 100 world rankings, with 10 listed in the top 50 and its electrical engineering credited as the highest-ranked subject in Taiwan at 20th place. An NTU spokesman said that the university's overall performance this year is the best in its history. He noted in particular that finance made it into the top 50 rankings for the first time, highlighting the importance the university attaches to the social sciences and humanities. In addition to NTU, National Tsing Hua University (NTHU) and National Taiwan Normal University (NTNU) each had at least one subject listed among the top 50 universities in the world. NTHU's chemical engineering was ranked 39th, while NTNU's education was placed 42nd. National Chiao Tung University had 10 subjects listed among the top 200 universities in the world, with its electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, material science and statistics entering the top 100 in the rankings. Taipei Medical University's subject of medicine also entered the top 100 list, being ranked 91st. Ben Sowter, head of the QS Intelligence Unit, said that NTU has moved up in the world rankings, allowing it to be ranked among top-end universities in the world, with strong showings in some subjects. The emergence of universities in Asia has posed strong competition to U.S. and U.K. academic institutions in the areas of mathematics, engineering and science, Sowter noted. Asian universities account for 10 of the top 30 rankings in the subjects of chemical, civil and electronic engineering, showing that universities in the region are gaining stronger influence in the world, he said. Launched in 2011, the annual QS World University Rankings by Subject identifies the world's strongest universities in 30 different subject areas. This year, 3,002 universities were evaluated. Six indicators were used to determine the rankings -- academic reputation, employer reputation, citations per faculty from SciVerse Scopus, faculty-student ratio, proportion of international students, and proportion of international faculty. (By Hsu Chi-wei and Evelyn Kao)

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