Mahidol University remains ranked among the world’s top 400 universities according to the prestigious Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings 2011-2012.
Mahidol University, which is ranked at 377, is the only higher education institution from Thailand and one of the three from Asean countries that make THE’s overall top 400 rankings. The other two are National University of Singapore and Nanyang Technological University, ranked at 40 and 169 respectively.
The fact that a single university from Thailand is in the top 400 list points to a serious need for Thai universities in general to step up their performance, said Assoc. Prof. Passiri Nisalak, D.D.S., Mahidol University Vice President for Administration and University Council Secretary.
The vice president urged the government to encourage and provide support in various areas, especially research funding, to the universities to lift their standards and international competitiveness.
THE rankings of the top universities are based on 13 performance indicators grouped into five broad categories which are:
• Teaching – the learning environment (30% of overall score) measured by a teaching reputational survey, PhDs awarded per academic, number of undergraduates admitted per academic, university’s income per academic, and ratio of PhDs to bachelor’s degrees awarded
• Research – volume, income and reputation (30%) measured by a research reputational survey, university’s research income, and papers per academic and research staff,
• Citations – research influence (30%) measured by number of times university’s published work being cited
• Industry income – innovation (2.5%) measured by research income from industry per academic staff
• International outlook – staff, students and research (7.5%) measured by ratio of international to domestic staff, ratio of international to domestic students, and proportion of internationally co-authored research papers.
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Date : October 10, 2011