Bandung Institute of Technology, or ITB, and the University of Indonesia have been rated as two of the top institutions in the world, according to Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2016-2017.
UI had a rating in the range of 801 and above while ITB made its debut on the list, in the same range. The universities are among 980 of the best universities and higher education institutions from 79 countries.
The rankings are based on an evaluation of specific categories, such as teaching, international outlook, research and knowledge transfer.
Phil Baty, THE World University Rankings editor, said it is fantastic news that Indonesia has doubled its representation in this year’s newly-expanded list of the world’s top universities, claiming two spots in the 980-strong ranking
According to Baty, institution rankings from across Southeast Asia have improved with a total of 21 universities from the region making it to the table — up from 15 last year — with the Philippines joining the rankings for the first time.
Singapore’s National University of Singapore stood in 24th place, holding the title of Asia’s top university for the second year in a row, while Nanyang Technological University ranked 54th.
Baty stated The THE World University Rankings feature an increasing number of leading east Asian universities that are beginning to rub shoulders with the global elite, thanks to powerful policy drives backed with serious funding. The Southeast Asian region will need to work harder at improving its universities as global competition heats up if it wants to achieve the same ambitious task.