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University of Waikato continues rise up QS World rankings

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Melinda Barton | 09 June, 2018, 01:25

Here new legislation allowed dozens of institutions that were polytechnics to become universities; they are now known as post-92 institutions because of the year in which they were formed.

UC San Diego was followed in the rankings by Australian National University, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Seoul National University and Australia's Monash University. Tsinghua University in Beijing was ranked 17th.

The fifteenth edition of the QS World University Rankings, released today by global higher education analysts QS Quacquarelli Symonds, sees all Malaysian ranked universities rise, except one which remains stable. The same 13 performance indicators around teaching, research, worldwide outlook and knowledge transfer that led UNBC to score so well in the overall rankings are used in the rankings, however the methodology is recalibrated to give less weight to reputation. Experts say that the university needs to improve this ratio.

The QS World University Rankings 2019 covers 85 countries and this year includes 60 new entries.

This is the highest place ever achieved by the technical institute in the well-regarded table of the world's top academic institutions.

The QSWUR, which ranks the top 800 universities in the world, is the ranking most often used and referenced by global students, according to educational consulting company Hobsons.

Times Higher Education doubled the list from 100 to 200 this year because of rapid university expansion and increasing investment in research. Imperial College London and the University of Chicago retain eighth and ninth places.

Australia loses its only top-20 institution, with the Australian National University falling from 20th to 24th.

"This latest rankings result reinforces UWA's strategy of steady improvement through continued academic strength, which results in both excellent teachers and world-class research outcomes". Another parameter, student-to-faculty ratio, which gets weightage of 20% in the QS World University Rankings, is an area where Panjab University needs to improve.

Singapore is again home to Asia's two best universities. Over 65 million stakeholders will view the rankings on www.topuniversities.com this year, QS said.