HKU up there with the best when it comes to three science disciplines

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 04 May, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 04 May, 2011, 12:00am

The University of Hong Kong has been ranked among the top 50 universities in psychology, biological sciences and medicine in a league table of 200 tertiary institutions worldwide.

It is the only local university to make it into the top 50 in the three disciplines in the QS World University Rankings.

HKU was ranked 30 for psychology, 45 for medicine and 46 for biological sciences.

The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology came in the 51 to 100 bracket in biological sciences, and Chinese University was ranked within 101 to 150 in the subject.

It is the first time that QS, which has compiled the Times Higher Education/QS World University Rankings for the past six years, has ranked universities in the three specific disciplines.

Only the top 50 are given a specific rank, with the remaining 150 placed into three brackets - 51 to 100, 101-150 and 151 to 200.

Chinese University was ranked 101 to 150 in medicine.

For psychology, Chinese University was ranked 51 to 100, with City University ranked 151 to 200.

For the whole of Asia, only five places - Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore, the mainland and South Korea - made it into the top 50 for the three disciplines.

The University of Tokyo was the best performer across Asia, with its biological sciences programme ranked 15, psychology 18 and medicine 20. The National University of Singapore saw medicine ranked 18, the top in Asia. Its biological sciences discipline was ranked 28 and psychology 22.

Peking University is the only mainland university to make it into the top 50, with its biological sciences ranked 43 and psychology 25.

The rankings take into account a series of factors including the views of employers and academics and number of papers published in journals.

A University of Hong Kong spokeswoman said its Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine was delighted with the ranking.

'The faculty thanks colleagues for all the hard work,' she said. 'The faculty will continue to pursue the best and strive for higher achievements in teaching, scientific research and clinical services.'

A Chinese University spokeswoman said different rankings were the result of the different criteria used by various league tables.

Harvard University was ranked number one in all three disciplines. Harvard and Cambridge in Britain were the only two to make it into the top three in all three disciplines.

Keeping score

Only this many places in Asia made it into the top 50 for the three disciplines: 5