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UP, La Salle slip a few spots in world university rankings. University of Oxford tops the list

By PINKY S. ICAMEN Published Sep 03, 2021 5:48 pm

Over 1,600 universities from 99 countries and regions are part of this year’s Times Higher Education World University Rankings.

In this year’s rankings, the University of the Philippines (UP) and the De La Salle University (DLSU) drop several notches from their ranks last year.

The newest world rankings saw UP drop to 601-800 place from last year’s 401-500, which was the highest position that the university reached in the rankings since it joined in 2016.

University of the Philippines and De La Salle University slip a few spots from last year's Time Higher Education World University Rankings. Photo from

The university also dropped scores in three segments: teaching (from 23.5 to 22.6), citations (86.7 to 74.3) and international outlook (33.4 to 33.1). But it increased scores in industry income (from 39.5 to 41.7) and research (16 to 17.5).

DLSU’s ranking slipped to 1,201+ from last year’s 1001+. Its highest rank was at 801-1,000+ when it first joined in 2018.

Its scores fell in the following categories: teaching (from 19.0 to 18.2), citations (22.4 to 21.8) and international outlook (26.9 to 26).

However, its numbers for research (12.7 to 12.9) and industry income (33.4 to 34.8) increased.

Meanwhile, the Ateneo de Manila University was labeled under “reporter university” status, which means the university provided the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings data but did not meet its eligibility criteria to receive a rank.

Out of 2,112 universities from 111 countries and regions across the world submitted entries to THE, there was a total of 1,662 universities that met the criteria, while the 450 universities were under the “reporter” status.

University of Oxford in the United Kingdom takes the top spot of the Times Higher Education World University Rankings for 2022.

Beijing’s Peking University and Tsinghua University, which registered their highest position ever in the ranking at 16th  place, were the only Asian universities in the list’s Top 20.

University of Oxford in the United Kingdom took the top spot of the ranking, which is based on 13 balanced performance indicators that are grouped into five areas:

  • Teaching (the learning environment)
  • Research (volume, income and reputation)
  • Citations (research influence)
  • International outlook (staff, students and research)
  • Industry income (knowledge transfer)

According to THE, this is the first year that research into COVID-19 had an impact on the rankings, which reflects the vital role of universities in understanding and managing the crisis.

 Here are the Top 10 universities of the Times Higher Education World University Rankings for 2022:

  1. University of Oxford (United Kingdom)
  2. California Institute of Technology (United States)
  3. Harvard University (United States)
  4. Stanford University (United States)
  5. University of Cambridge (United Kingdom)
  6. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (United States)
  7. Princeton University (United States)
  8. University of California-Berkeley (United States)
  9. Yale University (United States)
  10. The University of Chicago (United States)

 Click here to check out the complete world university rankings list.

Banner and thumbnail photo of UP by Ramon Velasquez