15 Mei, 2009

UI, UGM, ITB remain Indonesia’s best performers

Jakarta’s University of Indonesia (UI), Yogyakarta’s Gadjah Mada University (UGM) and the Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB) have maintained their standard to be awarded a place on Asia’s top 100 higher education institutions list.

The Times Higher Education’s first-ever Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) Asian University Rankings, released Tuesday, placed UI at 50th place, UGM at 63rd and ITB at 80th.

Hong Kong, Japanese and South Korean universities dominated the QS’ premier regional rankings, with the National University of Singapore the only Southeast Asian university to break into the top 10.

Other Southeast Asian universities included in the big 50 list are Nanyang Technological University at 14th place, Thailand’s Mahidol University at 30th place, Chulalongkorn University at 35th place and Malaysia’s University Malaya at 39th place.

UI has retained its position as Indonesia’s best performer, having ranked 287th on the THE-QS 2008 World University Rankings. This year however, UGM and ITB swapped positions.

“Indonesian universities have performed well, with high peer and recruiter review scores. These results make study in Indonesia an attractive option for international students studying abroad,” QS managing director Nunzio Quacquarelli said in a statement.

Director General for Higher Education Fasli Jalal said considering Asia is home to more than 4000 universities and other higher education institutions, the rankings achieved by Indonesia’s top three universities were very commendable.

UI rector Gumilar Rusmiwa Sumantri said earlier that UI’s constant improvement was due to internal reforms such as efficient financial management, greater efforts to produce international journals and promoting the university as a destination for study to international students.

Similar measures have likewise been adopted by the ITB, whose rector Djoko Santoso said it had been enjoying an increasing number of foreign students in the past few years.

UI ranks best among Indonesian universities in Social Sciences, sitting on 18th place, while UGM is listed as 14th for Art and Humanities. UGM also performed well in Life Sciences and Medicine, securing 16th place.

ITB is Indonesia’s best performer in Engineering and Information Technology, ranking 21st while taking out 27th place for Natural Science.

The complete rankings can be viewed at www.topuniversities.com.

It measures academic peer review, recruiter review, student to faculty ratio, papers per faculty, citations per paper, international faculty review, international students review and student exchanges inbound and outbound.

RI’s top universities

No. Name Ranking
1. University of Indonesia 50
2. Gadjah Mada University 63
3. Bandung Institute of Technology 80
4. Bogor Institute of Agriculture 119
5. Airlangga University 130
6. Diponegoro University 171
7. Sebelas Maret University 171
8. Brawijaya University 191

Source: Times Higher Education - QS World University.

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