December 08, 2020 09:42
No Korean university made it onto the top 10 of the latest Asian University Rankings tallied by the Chosun Ilbo and U.K. ranking firm Quacquarelli Symonds.
Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), the only Korean university to make it into the top 10 last year by ranking ninth, fell to 12th place.
KAIST rose to the giddy heights of No. 2 in 2014 but has been falling since. Seoul National University, considered the most prestigious inside Korea and ranked 11th last year, fell to 14th place.
Korea University was the only Korean institution to improve its ranking, rising from 12th to 11th. Sungkyunkwan University ranked 16th, Yonsei University 21st and Hanyang University 24th.
All the top 10 were in one way or another Chinese. The National University of Singapore came first for the third year running, followed by rising star Tsinghhua University in mainland China
Singapore's Nanyang Technological University came third, followed by the University of Hong Kong, and then three Chinese universities -- Zhejiang, Fudan and Peking.
The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology came eighth ahead of Universiti Malaya of Malaysia and China's Shanghai Jiao Tong University.
A total of 650 universities from 18 countries were included in this year's evaluation. QS said Korean universities were not as successful in terms of research as Chinese universities.
The rankings were weighted according to 11 indicators including academic and employer reputation, student-teacher ratio and foreign faculty and students.
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