Two Thai universities almost crack global ranking
ALTHOUGH no Thai universities appear in the Times Higher Education World Reputation Rankings top 100 this year, at least two are ranked just outside the top 200.
The two institutes are Chulalongkorn and Mahidol universities.
"All other Thai universities, including Thammasat University, are ranked outside the top 400," Phil Baty said in his capacity as editor of the Times Higher Education World Reputation Rankings.
He revealed this information exclusively to The Nation as the World Reputation Rankings, which are released today, do not officially list institutions below 100.
The rankings are a spin-off from the annual Times Higher Education World University Rankings, which involve 13 objective indicators to deliver a multi-faceted and balanced picture of university performance. The reputation survey data used to create the World Reputation Rankings are based on two indicators applied to the overall World University Rankings.
In the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2013-2014, King Mongkut's University of Technology, Thonburi (KMUTT) is the only Thai institute in the top 350 grouping.
More information on the rankings can be found at www.thewur.com.
According to Baty, of 10 Asean nations, only Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore have had an entry in the unofficial top 400 of the Reputation Rankings.
For Singapore, the two main universities, National University of Singapore and Nanyang Technological University, both make the top 100 at 21 and 91 respectively.
Japan stands tall
Asia's strongest performer by a distance is Japan, with five top 100 representatives.
Across the world, the US confirms supremacy as it takes eight of the top 10 positions and 46 of the top 100 - with Harvard University, MIT and Stanford University claiming the top three spots.
In a related development, Chulalongkorn University (CU) has achieved a quite impressive presence in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2014.
In the Engineering-Chemical category, it appears in the 51-100 band. In Engineering-Mechanical; Aeronautical & Manufacturing; Engineering- Civil and Structural Engineering; Medicine-Biological Sciences; Medicine-Pharmacy and Pharmacology; and Chemistry-Environmental Sciences, the CU is in the 101-150 band.
In Modern Languages-Communication and Media Studies; and Engineering-Electrical, CU is in the 151-200 band. KMUTT and Mahidol, Kasetsart, Chiang Mai and Prince of Songkla universities appear in the top-200 list too, but in just one or two subjects each.