For the first time in 15 years, the University of Hong Kong slipped from the top spot to third place in a local university ranking, losing out to Hong Kong University of Science & Technology and Chinese University of Hong Kong.
The ranking, released by the non-profit website Education18.com based on an opinion survey by HKU’s Pubic Opinion Programme, showed HKUST rising from third to first place and CUHK maintaining its No. 2 spot, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.
Calling this year’s results surprising, Education18.com editor-in-chief Joy Shi Mei-chun said the recent series of political events and student movements at HKU could be a factor in the university’s slide in the annual ranking.
It was also noted that HKUST’s overall score only went up by a fraction, but both HKU and CUHK have seen a continued decline in points.
From 2013 and 2016, HKU’s overall scores were 8.07, 7.81, 7.58 and 7.2, while those of CUHK also slipped continuously from 7.75 to 7.54. 7.35 and 7.3. Meanwhile, HKUST’s scores came in at 7.44, 7.42. 7.24 and 7.33 respectively.
The results were based solely on the personal perceptions of the respondents toward tertiary institutions, the report said.
The survey was conducted from May to June by way of questionnaires sent to 1,222 Cantonese-speaking respondents as well as 79 secondary school principals.
In the vice-chancellor category, CUHK’s Joseph J.Y. Sung again ranked the highest, followed by HKUST’s Tony Fan-Cheong Cha and HKU’s Peter Mathieson, who was No. 2 last year.
In terms of graduates most favored by employers, CUHK got the highest score, followed by Hong Kong Polytechnic University, HKUST and HKU, which was third in this category last year.
An HKUST spokesperson said it was encouraging to learn of the results, but stressed that the university is not chasing rankings and would see them as inputs in monitoring and improving its performance.
HKU did not comment on the results, but said it has been pursuing efforts to maintain and enhance its reputation as a world-class university in Asia.
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