Brunei's top university retains 60th spot in Asia university rankings

BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, June 5 (Borneo Bulletin/ANN): Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD), which was ranked 60th among Asia’s university in the latest rankings by Times Higher Education 2021, has retained its 60th spot for the second year.

The report said UBD scored in its strong performance in citations and international outlook.

UBD made a significant rise up to the 351-400 band this year in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings from 401-500 band in 2020.

This keeps UBD’s position as the fourth highest university in Asean, with only five and 19 universities in Asean making it to the top 500 and 1,000 in The World University Rankings.

The top 10 universities in Asia were dominated by those in China and Hong Kong, with Tsinghua University and Peking University clinching the first and second spots while University of Hong Kong retained fourth place. This is the third year running Tsinghua University has been ranked first.

Other universities on the list include University of Tokyo in sixth place, Seoul National University in ninth and Kyoto University in 10th, having climbed two places after ranking 12th last year.

This year’s rankings, which were released on Wednesday, comprises 551 universities from 30 countries and regions, up from the 489 ranked in 2020.

Times Higher Education assessed the universities based on 13 performance indicators grouped into five areas: teaching (the learning environment), research (volume, income and reputation), citations (research influence), international outlook (staff, students and research) and industry income (knowledge transfer).

The publication’s Chief Knowledge Officer Phil Baty said the increasing number of participating universities highlights the growing competitiveness across the region.

“It will be interesting to see what happens in the region over the coming years, and how universities across Asia adapt to the post-Covid world,” he said.

“Despite the difficulties caused by Covid-19, there may be an opportunity for Asian universities to attract and retain more regional students and academic staff as disruption to traditional talent flow continues.” – Borneo Bulletin/ANN


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