Date
15 December 2017
The University of Hong Kong is third again on a list of Asia's leading universities. Photo: CNSA
The University of Hong Kong is third again on a list of Asia's leading universities. Photo: CNSA

HKU 3rd in Asia university rankings

The University of Hong Kong (HKU) has held on to third spot in this year’s Times Higher Education Asia University Rankings, beaten out again by the University of Tokyo and the National University of Singapore, Headline Daily reported Thursday.

The top 100 Asian universities were ranked based on 13 criteria, including teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook, the report said.

Peking University and South Korea’s Pohang University of Science and Technology rounded out the top five, while Hong Kong University of Science & Technology (HKUST) came in ninth and Chinese University 12th.

Baptist University climbed to 42nd, up from the 50th last year, City University slipped from 19th to 22nd, while Polytechnic University dropped to 35th, down from 33 last year.

As many as 18 mainland universities made it onto the list this year, up from 15 a year ago. Jamil Salmi, a Moroccan education economist who helped compile the rankings, said China is edging close to Japan in having the most tertiary institutions in Asia’s top 100. Salmi said Japanese universities might lack a sense of crisis and could be in danger of surrendering their leadership in Asia.

Times education supplement editor Phil Baty said HKU, Chinese University and HKUST have a rosy future because they retained their high placing amid fierce competition.

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