US, British Universities Top 2013 QS University Rankings While Indonesian Schools Lose Ground

By Jakarta Globe on 11:15 am Sep 10, 2013
Category Education, News

Universities in the United States and Great Britain dominated the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings this year, while the top Indonesian scorer, the University of Indonesia, placed 309th overall.

The QS World University Rankings are conducted on a yearly basis. QS evaluates all universities across the world and assesses them based on their academic reputation, employer reputation, student-to-faculty ratio, citations per faculty, international faculty ratio and international student ratio.

This year, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) was ranked as the world’s best university, while the University of Cambridge placed second and Harvard University came in third.

The National University of Singapore (NUS) was listed as Asia’s top-ranking university, coming in at 24th overall.

“While Asian institutions have been improving steadily over the past six years, the challenge now is to break into the leading group of US-UK institutions in the top 10,” Ben Sowter, head of research at QS, said in a statement released on Tuesday.

NUS overtook the University of Hong Kong (26th) as Asia’s top institution for the first time this year.

Universities in Indonesia, however, lost ground on the world list this year.

“Indonesia is a fast rising Asian tiger and it will need to invest heavily in its universities and research centers to fuel and sustain its ambitions in the long run,” Sowter said.

On the world scale, the University of Indonesia placed 309th, dropping from its 2012 ranking of 273.

The Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB) was listed in the 461-470 category for 2013 after being listed in the 451-5oo range last year. Airlanga University, the Sepuluh Nopember Institute of Technology, the Bogor Agricultural University (IPB), Diponegoro University and Brawijadya University all placed in the 701+ range, declining from their 2012 placement in the 601+ range.

In the QS Asian University Rankings, 11 Indonesian universities were ranked in the top 300. The Asian rankings were based on a set of nine performance indicators, including academic reputation, employer reputation, faculty-to-student ratio, citations per paper, international faculty ratio, international student ratio, publication volume, as well as inbound and outbound exchange students.

The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology placed first among Asian institutions, followed by NUS, which tied with the University of Hong Kong for second place. The Seoul National University was ranked fourth, and Peking University was ranked fifth.

The University of Indonesia was ranked as the 64th best university in Asia, while ITB ranked 129th, Gajah Mada ranked 133rd and Airlangga ranked 145th.

IPB, Diponegoro, Pajajaran and Brawijaya all placed in the 201-250 range, and Pelita Harapan University, Udayana University and the Sepuluh Nopember Institute of Technology were rated in the 251-300 range.

  • PakLe

    No surprises here. Constant investment and always striving to be better among the top universities, not among those here. Indonesia getting left behind. I doubt there are many people at Indonesian universities that give a damn about these global figures though. Rankings within Indonesia all that matters

    • justback

      yes… and we know that Indonesian kids are the smartest in the whole world with a passing rate of 99.5%…

      • PakLe

        well with figures like those, why bother trying to be better?

  • Wonderer

    I think it should be 309th place in the first paragraph, not 273rd…that was last year.

    • Wonderer

      Meanwhile corrected…

  • sinkinship

    This must make you feel sick 22

  • bewilderd

    bad news for us here again. no suprise the rich and poerful educate their kids awayreally. cum 2015 thinks we will be really exposed in standard and work ethics v asean

  • Pelan2

    No surprises here. Just add more religious studies and continue to sell the graduation certificates and all will be fine.

  • rustynails

    Two words – Blue Energy LOL

  • lanun

    I feel great to see few American universities maintaining top ranks but strongly disagree with sunset universities, quoting what Putin said about the country, “small island and no one paid attention to”, you guys parents sure don’t want to send your kids to learn from a place where no one wants to listen to, regardless how good they are,their claimed…maybe none English universities will do good for Indonesia generation and can shape different thinking and ways to solve problems…unlike voting against chemical weapons is a stupid dumbest idea came up cause of most idiots in charge graduated from these universities from the country that no one wants to listen to and oh ya, SMALL ISLAND, the country should be kicked out of security council, total embarrassment at best to share the responsibilities to maintain world security with these clowns.

    • justback

      And what is the reason you ended up as a satpam at a local bank instead of managing a bank?

    • simsin

      Stupid and arrogant remarks.

    • PakLe

      ill-informed remarks, Lanun. (a nice way of saying “complete bollocks”) I won’t bother giving real facts about Britain; your xenophobia dictates that you only hear what you want to hear. The real crux of this article was that Indonesia is losing ground again. But what do you care?

    • sunsetboy

      Just the one comment really – ‘Sentence construction’.

  • lanun

    That explains what the best idea got occupied your brain n why sunset country behaved the way they did …another example why young Indonesians should skip and give Brits last option to give your business to.

  • mrlogic

    Well, university lecturers I know, good, intelligent, honest people who long to see their country develop, tell me that although money is allocated for research, more than half of it is stolen before it reaches them. You see, practically everything hinges on the same old problem, corruption.

  • Unyil

    Dude….your backside talking again heh? Hihihihiiiii….

  • sunsetboy

    22 is the product of where one wonders?