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Hong Kong's top two universities lose ground in latest global rankings

HKU and HKUST lose ground, but two prominent mainland campuses move up and are tipped to have a bigger impact in coming years

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 04 October, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 05 October, 2012, 2:31pm
 

The city's top two universities have lost ground in the latest global university league table.

But two mainland institutions have moved up, narrowing the cross-border gap, according to the new rankings released yesterday.

In the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2012-2013, the University of Hong Kong slipped from No34 to 35, and Hong Kong University of Science and Technology dipped from 62 to 65.

Peking University edged up three spots to 46, while Tsinghua University leapt 19 places to 52nd.

The survey predicts that mainland universities are set to advance further in the coming years, as institutions in the West are hit by government austerity measures.

Phil Baty, editor of the Times Higher Education rankings, said in London: "There is no question that the balance of power in global higher education is shifting. There is strong support for world-class universities in the East … in stark contrast, funding cuts are hurting the West."

The California Institute of Technology retained top spot in this year's Times Higher Education rankings. It was followed by Britain's University of Oxford and Stanford University, California, in joint second place.

Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, dropped two places to fourth.

Many Asian universities moved up the rankings, including two in Hong Kong.

Chinese University improved from 151 to 124, while City University rose from 193 to 182.

One of the biggest movers was Singapore's Nanyang Technological University, which rose from 169 to 86.

Seoul National University in South Korea saw its ranking rise from 124 to 59. The top-ranked Asian institution, the University of Tokyo, moved up from 30 to 27.

"Higher education in Asia is on the rise. The resources that have been put in are paying off," Baty said. But Hong Kong should protect "its fine tradition of academic freedom" in order to excel in higher education.

The annual survey on the world's mainstream universities weighs 13 indicators including teaching, research, the research income from industry and internationalisation.

 

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Phil Baty, editor of the Times Higher Education rankings, said in London: "There is no question that the balance of power in global higher education is shifting. There is strong support for world-class universities in the East … in stark contrast, funding cuts are hurting the West."
Why there is a colon after "said in London:"? It should be a comma.
lucifer
Let's be clear here. The mainland Universities, Qinghua and Beida do not even belong in the ranking system at all.
Because both of these schools restrict access to resources such as library books the internet, newspapers, magazines, databases and restricts research topics of post graduate students, and restrict subjects that are taught or discussed in class, and forces students to take courses in Marxist/Leninist thought, they do not deserve to be viewed as credible institutions on par with those institutions of higher learning in the ranking.
It's truly amazing that mainland students have flocked to Hong Kong for a better education and have ended up bringing town the rankings of the Universities that welcomed them. These students, leery of writing about topics that are not to be allowed to be discussed int he mainland, have not been producing materials worthy of publication in International journals, which is a primary method used to rank schools, along with the campus, lib ray, facility, etc. Go to any faculty these days at HKU and you will see a large percentage of the post graduate students are from the mainland and a majority of the PhD students are from the mainland.
The failure of the mainland to reform its education system has the net result of brining Hong Kong's education system down.
SpeakFreely
Let's not just look at the ranking. I visited the site and saw hku for example has a very high international ranking, how could this be with most foreign students are from mainland?This kind of survey usually reward those universities investing bigger marketing team and effort and not always reflect the true ranking.
My practical questions are, if we are ranked in the top 40, what our universities have contributed to the economy? As I don't see any house hold name corporations or startups created locally in the last 10 years in high technology, pharmaceutical/medical, fashions, industrial, or even service companies? In comparison, in Silicon Valley where Standford and other universities are located, they have created many startups and well known worldwide companies including Google and alike. In fact, in HK I think there is virtually no venture capital funds here is willing to target any startups in HK given our universities are so outstanding? So this gap does not truly reflect the ranking and the talents we created here vs the investors thinking. What's wrong?
I hope the universities in Hk will start to think about this but rather tracing the high ranking as ranking doesn't not bring success to Hk and in fact out average GDP has been flat for the past 10 years. They need to do more...
lucifer
"I don't see any house hold name corporations or startups created locally in the last 10 years in high technology, pharmaceutical/medical, fashions, industrial, or even service companies?"
Of course you don't because all of those companies went to the Mainland and so do the jobs that go with them. Perhaps HK should have an economic policy that support high tech, innovation and science and technology as Singapore does, instead of a policy that says HK exists to help the mainland develop - here in HK we only buy and ell property and trade stocks.
SpeakFreely
Not really. In the old .com age many local listed companies raised billions but where is the money now? What these talent people in Hk went to china and created what? Give me a name please. All I pointed to is HK universities are not innovative but just good at getting ratings.
SpeakFreely
To continue if you look at hi tech in Silicon Valley where Standford/Cornell/ UC Berkley are located and medical in Boston area where MIT and Harvard are located, and the startups (Google, Facebook, etc...) created by many of these universities, you will probably see the direct linkage between industrial and business success there vs here in hK we are lacking...

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