Indonesian Universities Step up in Global QS Ranking

The Jakarta Post, page 3

The higher education minister has said he was optimistic Indonesian universities can be more competitive on the global stage, taking into account the improving ranks of its top campuses in a recently released world ‘s best list.

A survey conducted by education rating institution Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) released on Thursday place three of Indonesia’s top state campuses among the best 500 universities in the world.

The University of Indonesia (UI) in Depok was ranked 277th in QS’s “World University Rankings 2018” survey, rising from the previous year’s 325th position. The Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB) and Yogyakarta-based Gadjah Mada University (UGM) were repectively ranked 331st and 402nd.

Speaking to students and guest during a public lecture at Borneo Tarakan University (UBT) in North Kalimantan, Research, Technology and Higher Education Minister Mohammad Nasir praised the three universities for their achievement. He said there has been a significant leap made by our campuses in the recent QS ranking. This result shows that the quality of Indonesian universities is improving from year to year.

In Asia, the University of Indonesia ranks 67th, while the Institute of Technology and Gadjah Mada University landed in 86th and 105th position, respectively. The QS University Rankings survey uses six indicators in its scoring system, with academic reputation making up 40 percent of the entire score.

Other indicators are employers’ reputation, faculty-to-student ratio, citations per faculty, international faculty and international students.

According to the University of Indonesia, the QS results showed that Indonesian higher education had been recognized globally and the university was proud to be included among the world’s 300 best campuses. University of Indonesia rector Muhammaf Anis said they will always try to improve our teaching quality. This result demonstrates our expertise in the social sciences, humanities, health studies and science.

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