University of HK gets seven-year-high rank on global chart, but four other local institutions drop by four to 16 places

13-Sep-2019 Intellasia | South China Morning Post | 6:02 AM Print This Post

The University of Hong Kong has secured a seven-year-high ranking on a global tertiary institution chart, while four other local universities were downgraded by four to 16 places.

Tsinghua University in mainland China remained the highest-ranking institution in Asia while its major rival, Peking University, has overtaken the National University of Singapore to get the second rank in the continent.

The flagship institution of Hong Kong was placed 35th among the top 200 for 2020 in the rankings covering more than 1,300 higher education institutions from 92 countries by Times Higher Education, one higher than last year, but its best in seven years.

Four other institutions remained on the top 200 chart, but dropped in placements by between four and 16 places: the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (from 41st to 47th), the Chinese University of Hong Kong (from 53rd to 57th), the City University of Hong Kong (from 110th to 126th) and the Hong Kong Polytechnic University (from 159th to 171st).

Ellie Bothwell, global rankings editor at Times Higher Education, said: “Hong Kong’s excellent performance in our World University Rankings is always worthy of praise, but it is disappointing that the region’s institutions have declined this year especially when there have been such strong gains in mainland China.”

He said Hong Kong’s universities had been extremely well served by strong investment and an ability to attract high-quality academics and students from around the world. In the face of an uncertain political future and relationship with China, these institutions must ensure that they continue to be seen as a welcoming place to study if they are to continue to place well in the rankings.

Tsinghua University and Peking University stood 23rd (from 22nd last year) and 24th (from 31st last year) respectively, with the latter overtaking the National University of Singapore and becoming the second best in Asia.

Meanwhile, Macau saw a second university enter the rankings the Macau University of Science and Technology in the 251-300 band while the University of Macau improved its performance to join the 301-350 band (up from 351-400).

British and American universities continued to dominate the upper echelons of this year’s rankings. The University of Oxford topped the table again, with rival University of Cambridge dropping to third place behind the California Institute of Technology.


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