The Hong Kong University
of Science and Technology is among the very best universities in
the world, according to new ranking figures published by the highly
regarded London Times newspaper.
The Times' league table of the world's top
200 universities places UST at number 42 globally, and number 12
in Asia. Other universities in the Top 50 include Harvard (1), Oxford
(5) and Beijing (17).
the Times notes: "Institutions such as [Harvard] have
enormous financial advantages over their newer rivals." Harvard
alone has endowments that total nearly US$23 billion.
"In the face of
such esteemed competition, we have achieved an outstanding feat,
especially for such a young university," said Prof Paul Chu,
UST President. "Many of the other universities in the top 50
league are centuries old, and this brings them an inherent head
start. UST, on the other hand, was established a mere 13 years ago."
"I trust Hong Kong will be proud of this immense
and rapid achievement by the University, and value the hard work
of the whole UST community."
The Times' rankings, new this year, are calculated on the
basis of a survey of some 1,300 academics across 88 countries. They
were asked to name the best institutions in their respective fields.
As the Times comments: "The greatest
influence on the league table has [therefore] been exerted by those
in the best position to judge: the academics."
UST scored especially well in the peer review, which
accounted for 50% of the total score, and demonstrates that the
University is very highly regarded by academics around the world
for the impressive standards being set here.
Other than the peer review score, four other criteria
were used by the Times to assess the Top 200 institutions'
teaching, research and international reputation: number of citations
per faculty member (20%); ratio of students to faculty (20%); and
the number of international students and staff (5% each).
Indeed, the university has made an immense effort
to ensure that campus is very much a global community, with students
from over 30 countries currently studying with us in Clear Water
As it has built itself into a global institution,
UST has also become renowned for the international diversity of
its faculty. They have come from all over the world to work at UST,
and between them have taken PhDs from some of the finest universities.
"With UST's move towards becoming an international education
hub, the Times league table further signals to undergraduates
and postgraduates from the four corners of the planet that Hong
Kong is an exceptional city in which to gain a first class education,"
said Prof Chu.
In news that will make the whole world sit up and
take note, two local universities appeared in the Times'
Top 50 league table, with UST joining the University of Hong Kong,
which was ranked at number 39.
"Hong Kong can take considerable satisfaction
from the fact that our universities are so effectively fulfilling
their responsibilities to society," added Prof Chu.
Institutions and countries that are often more readily
considered leaders in education and research have not fared quite
so well in the Times rankings. Germany, for example, manages
only one university in the Top 50: Heidelberg, which was ranked
The smaller [territories] of East Asia, including
Hong Kong," the Times concludes, "are being taken
seriously around the world... for their academic excellence."
WORLD'S TOP 50 UNIVERSITIES
||University of California,
of Technology (US)
of Technology (US)
||Oxford University (UK)
||Stanford University (US)
||Yale University (US)
||Beijing University (China)
||National University of
||The University of Hong
Kong (Hong Kong)
Kong University of Science and Technology (Hong Kong)
||University of British
||Nanyang University (Singapore)
HK UNIVERSITIES IN TOP 200
University of Hong Kong
||City University of Hong