The Highest-Ranked Universities in Southeast Asian Countries

The Highest-Ranked Universities in Southeast Asian Countries

Launched today, the QS World University Rankings® 2021 features 1,029 of the most prestigious universities in the world. It ranked based on a methodology which assesses each institution on six metrics, which include academic reputation, employer reputation, student to faculty ratio, international student and faculty ratios and citations per faculty to give each school its overall score.

Topping the Quacquarelli Symonds list is Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), with Stanford University and Harvard University coming in second and third. Other institutions featured in the top 10 include the University of Oxford, the University of Cambridge and University College London, along with California Institute of Technology (Caltech).

Universiti Malaysia. Image: NSTP/File pic
Universiti Malaysia. Image: NSTP/File pic

Though just missing out on a top 10 position, the National University of Singapore (NUS) holds the eleventh position – the highest ranking Asian university on the list.  

Here are the list of the highest-ranked institution in Southeast Asian countries and their respective global ranks:

Singapore: National University of Singapore (NUS) – ranked 11th

Malaysia: Universiti Malaya (UM) – ranked 59th

Thailand: Chulalongkorn University – ranked joint 208th

Indonesia: Universitas Gadjah Mada– ranked joint 254th

Brunei Darussalam: University of Brunei Darussalam – ranked joint 254th

Philippines: University of the Philippines – ranked joint 396th

Vietnam: Vietnam National University - Ho Chi Minh City (VNU-HCM) and Vietnam National University, Hanoi – both ranked 801-1000



Indah Gilang Pusparani

Indah is a researcher at Badan Perencanaan Pembangunan Penelitian dan Pengembangan Daerah Kota Cirebon (Regional Development Planning and Research Agency of Cirebon Municipality). She covers More international relations, tourism, and startups in Southeast Asia region and beyond. Indah graduated from MSc Development Administration and Planning from University College London, United Kingdom in 2015. She finished bachelor degree from International Relations from University of Indonesia in 2014, with two exchange programs in Political Science at National University of Singapore and New Media in Journalism at Ball State University, USA. She was awarded Diplomacy Award at Harvard World Model United Nations and named as Indonesian Gifted Researcher by Australian National University. She is Researcher at Regional Planning Board in Cirebon, West Java. She previously worked as Editor in Bening Communication, the Commonwealth Parliament Association UK, and diplomacy consulting firm Best Delegate LLC in USA. Less
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