National Taiwan University (NTU) jumped two spots to reach 68th in the latest world university rankings released by a British education network Monday.
It marks the highest position ever achieved by NTU in the annual QS World University Rankings compiled by Quacquarelli Symonds Ltd., a global information provider on specialist higher education and careers information and solutions.
NTU has seen its ranking move up for three consecutive years and remained the only school from Taiwan to be listed among the top 100 in the rankings.
With a total score of 75.4, NTU tied with Ludwig Maximilians University in Munich and the University of Copenhagen this year.
The other Taiwanese universities in the top 400 were National Tsing Hua University (151st), National Chiao Tung University (174th) National Cheng Kung University (241st), Taiwan University of Science and Technology (243rd), National Yang Ming University (308th), National Taiwan Normal University (310th) and National Sun Yat-sen University (395th).
The top 400 schools were ranked individually in the survey but the rest were bunched together and not given specific rankings.
Taipei Medical University placed somewhere between 401st and 410th and National Central University ranked between 411th and 420th.
The QS rankings are based on four key pillars: research, teaching, employability and internationalization.
Six indicators are used to assess performance -- academic reputation, employer reputation, faculty to student ratio, citations per faculty, proportion of international students, and proportion of international faculty.
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology retained its top spot in the rankings, followed by Stanford University and Harvard University.
Rounding out the top 10 were the University of Cambridge, the California Institute of Technology, the University of Oxford, University College London, the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Imperial College London and the University of Chicago.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel