Labing-apat na unibersidad sa bansa ang napabilang sa listahan ng 2021 Asia’s Best Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) ng Quacquarelli Symonds (QS), isang global higher education think-tank at compiler ng world’s university ranking.
Sa ranking ng 650 unibersidad sa buong rehiyon, 14 sa mga ito ay sa Pilipinas: University of the Philippines (69); Ateneo de Manila University (135); De La Salle University (166); University of Santo Tomas (186); University of San Carlos (451-500); Ateneo de Davao University (501-550); Mapua University (501-550); Silliman University (501-550); Mindanao State University-Iligan Institute of Technology (551-600); Adamson University (601+); Central Luzon State University (601+); Central Mindanao University (601+); Central Philippine University (601+); at Xavier University (601+).
Sa 14 na HEIs, pito sa mga unibersidad ang una nang napabilang sa QS ranking ng 2020: University of the Philippines, Ateneo de Manila University, De La Salle University, University of Santo Tomas, University of San Carlos, Mapua University, at Silliman University.
Nadagdag naman ang panibagong pito sa QS 2021 ranking: Ateneo de Davao University, Mindanao State University-Iligan Institute of Technology, Adamson University, Central Luzon State University, Central Mindanao University, Central Philippine University, at Xavier University.
Itinuturing ang latest ranking sa pinakamahusay na performance at representasyon ng Pilipinas sa QS.
“The internationalization of Philippine HEIs has been a key strategy of the Duterte administration to improve the quality of education so we can produce world class graduates. It is a key component of our efforts to improve access to quality education. The Duterte administration already provides free tuition and miscellaneous fees to 1.3 million students and provides financial assistance to some 1.8 million Filipino students. The recognition given to the additional HEIs as among the best in Asia is welcome news to show that our efforts to provide access to quality education are bearing fruit,” pahayag ni Commission on Higher Education (CHED) Chairman J. Prospero E. De Vera III.
Ayon sa Chairman, tuluy-tuloy lang ang suporta ng CHED sa HEIs sa pamamagitan ng iba’t ibang programa at inisyatiba. Ang lahat ng naturang unibersidad ay grantees ng “Scholarships for Graduate Studies Abroad”, kung saan may pagkakataong makapag-abroad ang mga faculty para makakuha ng international education at cultural understanding at perspective.
Suportado rin sa ilalim ng “Joint Development of Niche Programme” ang UP, ADMU, DLSU, UST, USC, SU at CLSU, na pinagsanib na proyekto ng CHED at British Council, na may layong pagsamahin ang top Philippine at United Kingdom universities.
Sa kabilang banda, grantees naman ang MSU-IIT, CLSU at CMU ng “Fostering World Class Philippine University”, isang proyekto ng CHED na may layong palakasin pa ang global presence ng Philippine HEIs para maging world-class.
Nasa 300 university leaders at officials na rin ang naipadala sa Canada at United States para sa study tours at meetings para makakuha ng best practice mula sa iba pang world class universities. Hangad ng CHED na ang mga leaders na ito ang mangunguna sa “internationalization” ng kani-kanilang unibersidad.
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