Seoul National University ranked 26th in the world university rankings released recently by British periodical Times Higher Education. It was the highest ranking SNU has received so far.
In Asia, SNU came fourth after the University of Tokyo (11th), Kyoto University (19th), and the National University of Singapore (21st). In 2011, the first year it made the rankings, and the following year, SNU failed to make the top 50, but it jumped to 41st last year.
Worldwide, Harvard University topped the list, followed by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Stanford University.
THE releases the rankings every year based on its ratings in five categories -- teaching (30 percent), research (30 percent), citations (30 percent), international outlook (7.5 percent), and industry income (2.5 percent).
It did not explain how SNU managed to improve so rapidly.