NTU slips to 198th in Times Higher Education university rankings

Taipei-National Taiwan University (NTU) has slipped by three places to the 198th spot in the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings 2018, the lowest on record for the school since the rankings started in 2004.

A total of 26 Taiwanese universities are included in the rankings, which feature 1,000 institutions from 77 countries this year, with NTU the only one making it onto the top 200 list, according to the rankings published by THE Tuesday.

The University of Oxford is the top-ranked, followed by the University of Cambridge, while the California Institute of Technology and Stanford University are tied for third place, according to the rankings.

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.

In the latest ranking, NTU's performance has slipped in research productivity and citations.

Meanwhile, Taiwan's National Tsing Hua University has seen its ranking fall into the 301-350 range from the 251-300 range, while National Chiao Tung University and National Taiwan University of Science and Technology are in the 401-500 group.

China Medical University, National Cheng Kung University and National Taiwan Normal University rank in the 501-600 group.

The fall in NTU's ranking was attributed by the school to insufficient talent and financial resources.

Lee Fang-jen (???), head of NTU's Office of Research and Development, said that Taiwanese universities' international competitiveness depends on the government's stable financial support for higher education and its ability to attract and retain research professionals.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel