Thailand has five universities in the Top 100 in the 2011 QS Asian University Rankings.
Mahidol University, ranked 34, remains the strongest performer from Thailand for three successive years. The others are Chulalongkorn University (47), Chiang Mai University (67), Thammasat University (88) and Prince of Songkla University (95). Hong Kong University of Science and Technology is top of the rankings for the continent.
This is the third edition of QS Asian University Rankings, conducted by Quacquarelli Symonds Ltd. (QS). The rankings are based on scores in four aspects of performance:
• research quality (Asian academic peer review 30% + papers per faculty 15% + citations per paper 15%)
teaching quality (student faculty ratio 20%)
graduate employability (Asian employer review 10%)
international factors (international faculty 2.5% + international students 2.5% + inbound exchange students 2.5% + outbound exchange students 2.5%)
The fact that Mahidol University repeats its showing as the top Thai institution in the rankings reflects the quality of its research which has been widely recognized, said
Assoc. Prof. Passiri Nisalak, Mahidol University Vice President for Administration and University Council. One indicator is research papers by its academics having been published and cited in international journals, he said.
Having emphasized academic performance, internationalization, employers’satisfaction and student faculty ratio, the university also scored well on these criteria, the vice president said.
Mahidol University has been aiming to attain excellence in four areas: research, learning, health sciences and services, and internationalization. The achievement of these goals would bring benefits to society at national and international levels.
Date : May 25, 2011