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NTU to work on research quality after dropping in rankings to 155th

NTU to work on research quality after dropping in rankings to 155th

Taipei, Oct. 2 (CNA) A National Taiwan University (NTU) administrator said Thursday the country's most prestigious college will work on improving research quality and strengthening industry ties after its world ranking was dropped to 155th from 142nd by Times Higher Education. The ranking is the lowest for NTU since the Times Higher Education World University Rankings was launched in 2010. NTU was ranked 115th in the 2010 THE report and has moved up and down since but has never surpassed its initial ranking. Lee Fang-jen, NTU's dean for research and development, said the overall score of 49.3 is slightly better than its 49.2 of last year, but other universities have improved faster, leaving the school to drop 13 spots. Research funds at elite universities in China and other countries are double or triple NTU's, while NTU's research expenditures have been decreasing year by year. Lee said faculty has struggled to keep up their research quality as a result. The school will dedicate itself to improving research quality by publishing top papers with international influence and strengthening ties with industry on innovation transfer, he said, while expressing hope the government would help by setting aside more resources to keep higher education competitive. Phil Baty, an editor responsible for the rankings, told CNA in London that "there is a concern for Taiwan that while lots of Asian institutions and countries are staying successful, Taiwan is having difficulty yet." "I think there's a worry that Taiwan needs to ... continue to invest in universities and continue to ensure that it remains to be competitive," Baty added. The top five on this year's rankings are the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), Harvard University, Oxford University, Stanford University and the University of Cambridge. The University of Tokyo, which is ranked 23rd, is the best-performing school in Asia. National University of Singapore follows closely at 25th. Two universities in Japan, three in South Korea, two in Hong Kong, two in Singapore and one in Turkey are among the top 100. Peking University is listed 48th, while Tsinghua University in Beijing is 49th. NTU is the only institution in Taiwan to make the top 200 list. "We're seeing the continued rise of Asia, Baty said. "It's a trend we observe over recent years. We are seeing Singapore, Hong Kong, China, all rising, and it's a very exciting time for East Asia." Universities ranking lower than 200 are not assigned individual rankings, but are presented in ranges. Taiwan's National Tsing Hua University fell in the 251-275 category, while National Chiao Tung University came in 276-300. National Cheng Kung University, National Sun Yat-sen University, and National Taiwan University of Science and Technology are in the 351-400 bracket. (By Jennifer Huang, Hsu Chih-wei and Kuo Chung-han)


Updated : 2021-10-17 17:45 GMT+08:00