Korean Universities Drop Further in Global Rankings

  • By Kwak Soo-keun

    June 09, 2021 12:37

    Twenty-three Korean universities fared worse than last year in the latest global rankings released by U.K. firm Quacquarelli Symonds on Wednesday.

    Twenty-five of the 39 universities that were ranked dropped in the category of citations per faculty, which attempts to measure quality of research.

    A total of 6,415 universities worldwide were evaluated and 1,300 of them were ranked using six indicators -- academic reputation (40 percent), citations per faculty (20 percent), faculty-student ratio (20 percent), employer reputation (10 percent), international faculty ratio (five percent), and international students ratio (five percent).

    Only six Korean universities made it into the top 100, with Seoul National University at 36th, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology at 41st, Korea University at 74th, Yonsei University at 79th, Pohang University of Science and Technology at 81st, and Sungkyunkwan University at 97th.

    SNU rose one notch and Yonsei University six, but the others fell two to nine notches. Eighteen of the 33 Korean universities outside the top 100 also fell in the rankings.

    Korean universities achieved better scores in faculty-student ratio but lower scores than the global average in the five others. Their academic reputation, which carries a lot of weight, was below the global average of 44.12 points at 40.31 points. They also scored just 35.58 points in terms of citations per faculty compared to the global average of 37.99 points.

    No Korean universities have ever made it into the top 30 in the 18 years since the rankings started. The all-time highest ranking for a Korean university was 31st place for SNU in 2014.

    Five Asian universities made it into the top 30 this year -- Singapore's National University of Singapore at 11th and Nanyang Technological University at 12th; China's Tsinghua University at 17th and Peking University at 18th; and one Japanese university, University of Tokyo at 23rd.

    Massachusetts Institute of Technology ranked top for the 10th straight year, followed by Oxford University. Stanford University and Cambridge University tied for third place.

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