The global ranking of National Taiwan University (NTU) has slipped to a record low of 195th in the latest assessment by the Times Higher Education magazine, published Wednesday.
The report, which has extended the number of evaluated schools from 800 last year to 980 this year, includes 26 Taiwanese schools, with NTU the only one making it to the top 200 list.
Oxford University was the top-ranked, followed by the California Institute of Technology and Stanford University, the magazine said.
The National University of Singapore, 24th in the global ranking, is the number one institution in Asia, according to the listing.
Phil Baty, an editor responsible for the rankings, told CNA that NTU is struggling with an unsatisfactory environment for both teaching and research.
In addition, the contrast of a decreasing population of young people and an increasing number of universities has made it difficult for Taiwan to remain competitive in higher education.
According to the Education Ministry, the number of freshmen will decline by one-third in the next 10 years. Last year, 52 universities and colleges closed or were merged in Taiwan.
Taiwan's National Hsing Hua University is rated 251-300, while National Cheng Kung University, National Chiao Tung University and National Taiwan University of Science and Technology were in the 401-500 group.
China Medical University, National Taiwan Normal University and National Yangming University rated 501-600.
The performance of the universities is measured using 13 indicators in five main categories: teaching, research, citations, international outlook and industry income, which refers to a university's ability to reinforce industry with innovation.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel