Korea Makes Strides in World University Rankings

      September 05, 2011 12:52

      Korean universities made big strides in the 2011 World University Rankings released Sunday. Seoul National University was ranked in 42nd in the world by Quacquarelli Symonds, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology 90th, Pohang University of Science and Technology (POSTECH) 98th, Yonsei University 129th, and Korea University 190th.

      The top five were the University of Cambridge, which held on to the lead, Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Yale University, and the University of Oxford.

      The number of Korean universities in the top 100 has steadily increased since 2007, when SNU was the only one, to two in 2008 with the addition of Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST). POSTECH joined this year for the first time to bring up the number to three. The World University Rankings have been released every year since 2004.

      The number of Korean universities in the top 200 also has risen from two in 2007 to five in 2010. Four out of five Korean universities in the top 200 saw their rankings go up this year. SNU moved up eight notches from 50th to 42nd. POSTECH jumped from 112th to 98th, Yonsei from 142nd to 129th, and Korea University from 191st to 190th.

      Major private universities in Korea within the top 400 also improved their standing. Kyunghee University rose from 345th last year to 245th, Sungkyunkwan University from 343rd to 259th, Hanyang University from 354th to 314th, Ewha Womans University from 348th to 344th, and Sogang University from 397th to 392nd.

      A total of 17 Korean universities made it into the top 600, with Pusan National University between 401st and 450th, Inha University between 451st and 500th, Kyungpook National and Chunggng Universities between 501st and 550th, and Chonnam, Chonbuk and and Chungnam National Universities around 551st and 600th.

      SNU rated 98.3 points for academic reputation to rank 33rd in the world in the category. POSTECH earned 80.9 points for citations per faculty, placing 69th in the field. Yonsei and Korea Universities scored well in academic reputation, and Kyunghee, Sungkyunkwan, Hanyang and Chungang Universities rated highly in the international students category.

      The U.S. has the most universities among the top 200 with 54, followed by the U.K. (30), Germany (12), the Netherlands and Japan (11), and Canada (9). In Asia, five universities in Korea were ranked among the top 200, while Japan has seven and Chinese-speaking countries 12.

      In Asia, SNU overtook Osaka University and Peking University, which placed 45th and 46th, but was behind University of Hong Kong in 22nd, the Chinese University of Hong Kong in 37th, the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology in 40th, University of Tokyo in 25th, Kyoto University in 32nd, and National University of Singapore in 28th.

      QS said new specialized universities that began to emerge in Asia are making a big impact in the rankings, with examples including Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and POSTECH.

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