Canberra universities fall in QS World University Rankings, but research up

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Vietnamese tertiary education gained bigger spot in the world academic map with two universities entering the world's top 1000. Tsinghua University in Beijing was ranked 17th.

Chang Gung University and National Sun Yat-Sen University are both ranked 151st-200th this year, down from their rankings among the 101st-150th in 2017.

The improvement comes on the heels of UH-Manoa's rise to No. 306, compared to No. 446 past year, from the Center for World University Rankings' review of 18,000 universities.

The rankings are based on academic reputation, employer reputations, faculty-student relationship, citations per faculty, global faculty, and worldwide student ratio.

MIT received a No. 1 ranking in the following QS subject areas: Architecture/Built Environment; Linguistics; Chemical Engineering; Civil and Structural Engineering; Computer Science and Information Systems; Electrical and Electronic Engineering; Mechanical, Aeronautical and Manufacturing Engineering; Chemistry; Materials Science; Mathematics; Physics and Astronomy; and Statistics and Operational Research.

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That's 39 notches above where it was a year ago, at No. 341, according to the university. Its higher education system has a solid reputation among both global academics and employers.

University of Malaya achieves its highest rank, according to Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University rankings for 2018 released today.

"Being ranked among the top 3% of universities in the world is a truly remarkable way to commemorate AU's 30 Anniversary", said Dr Karim Seghir, AU Chancellor.

MIT, Stanford University, Harvard University and the California Institute of Technology claimed the top four spots in this year's QS rankings while England's University of Oxford and University of Cambridge came fifth and sixth.