Global subject rankings for HK universities best in 5 years

April 29, 2015 14:19
HKU's dental school is No. 2 in the world, according to the QS rankings. Photo: Facebook

Six of Hong Kong’s tertiary institutions have a total of 26 subjects in which they are ranked in the top 20 worldwide, their best showing in five years, Apple Daily reported.

The annual rankings, compiled by Quacquarelli Symonds since 2011, cover 36 subjects.

In this year’s league tables, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has 11 subjects in which it is ranked first globally, followed by Harvard University with 10 subjects, Oxford University with two and Cambridge University with one.

Peking University has 22 subjects in which it is ranked among the top 50 worldwide.

Apart from Hong Kong Baptist University and Lingnan University, the other six tertiary institutions in Hong Kong have a total of 67 subjects among them in which they are ranked in the top 50.

Of the 33 subjects it teaches, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology has 26 in which it is ranked in the top 50 --between second and 46th -- the third-best result for a university in Asia.

The National University of Singapore has 30 subjects in which it is ranked in the top 50, and the University of Tokyo has 29.

The University of Hong Kong has four subjects in which it is ranked among the top 10 in the world.

HKU’s dental school is ranked second worldwide.

Dean Thomas Flemmig said the school is looking to admit more students in the 2016 school year, bringing the total number of admissions to 73.

HKU's school of law slipped one place from last year to 19th, and its medical school fell four places to 28th.

The QS rankings were compiled based on reputation surveys among academics and employers and a measure of the impact of published research.

Hong Kong Education Policy Concern Organization chairman Mervyn Cheung said the QS rankings could impose increased pressure on teaching staff, as they could be seen as being responsible for any drops in the global listings.

However, Cheung noted that an improvement in the global ranking of local universities would help promote internationalization of these institutions and could help attract scholars and students of a high caliber to come to Hong Kong.

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